This is good news.
The court said the president may order a U.S. citizen detained as an “enemy combatant” — but soundly rejected the administration’s expansive interpretation of that authority, ruling that such detainees are entitled to contest the government’s case against them.
Each of the 595 alleged members of al-Qaida and the Taliban being held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has the right to ask a U.S. judge to set him free.
If you don’t think that this is good news then I ask you if you fully endorse secret military tribunals with little or no oversight and dissolving a person’s right to know why they’re being held in Guanatamo – a ‘no man’s land’ of international law. Out of any of the proceedings of the last four years – this has been one of the worst – the idea that the Chief Executive alone has the right to decide the fate of individuals based on his whims and preducies. Sandra Day O’Connor confirmed:
We long have made it clear that a state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation’s citizens.
Being jailed without trial indefinitely and never told why you are imprisoned. That’s not something you should find in a self-proclaimed ‘home of the free’.
Imagine if these detainees were white Christians.