The System Works
Grrr,..still catching up to reality here, but this news story couldn't pass without a comment:
By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 30, 3:41 AM ET
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rebuked
President Bush and his anti-terror policies Thursday, ruling that his plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.
The president and congressional Republicans immediately pledged to work on a new strategy for special trials for some of the hundreds of suspected al-Qaida and Taliban operatives rounded up in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.
Bush said the ruling "won't cause killers to be put out on the street."
The court declared 5-3 that the president's attempt to resurrect a type of military trial last used in the aftermath of World War II violates U.S. military law and the Geneva conventions that set international standards for dealing with people captured in armed conflicts.
The ruling focused on Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a one-time driver for Osama bin Laden who has spent four years in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He faces a single count of conspiring to commit terrorism.
BTW - Flopping Aces has a terrific take on this whole story!
The TrekMedic muses:
OK,..some neo-cons will be upset by this verdict, and the usual Demo-Socialists will be dancing in the streets over this one, but if nothing else, it proves that this country's system of three separate, independent branches of government work, and we are not in a dictatorship, despite what the NYT says!