ANTONIN SCALIA SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF: ANTHONY KENNEDY GETS IT RIGHT

Antonin Scalia, you should be ashamed of yourself. You can't hold the innocent just to hold the guilty. You must prove guilt or release people. Otherwise, the innocent have no protection from any government. Everyone on the planet has this right. It's understood under the Declaration of Human Rights. The U.S. is a formal party to that Declaration. The U.S. Constitution makes that Declaration the Supreme Law of the Land. You have to abide by it or repeal support for the Declaration or repeal that part of the U.S. Constitution that makes treaties and agreements binding on the nation-state.

If we don't uphold the Declaration of Human Rights, our word and our name isn't worth a thing.

Court says detainees have rights, bucking Bush

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
6/12/2008

WASHINGTON - In a stinging rebuke to President Bush's anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges. ADVERTISEMENT

Bush said he strongly disagreed with the decision — the third time the court has repudiated him on the detainees — and suggested he might seek yet another law to keep terror suspects locked up at the prison camp, even as his presidency winds down.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey said the ruling would not affect the Guantanamo trials against enemy combatants.

"I'm disappointed with the decision, in so far as I understand that it will result in hundreds of actions challenging the detention of enemy combatants to be moved to federal district court," Mukasey said at a Group of Eight meeting of justice and home affairs ministers Friday in Tokyo.

"I think it bears emphasis that the court's decision does not concern military commission trials, which will continue to proceed. Instead it addresses the procedures that the Congress and the president put in place to permit enemy combatants to challenge their detention."

"Obviously we're going to comply with the decision, we're going to study both the decision itself and whether any legislation or any other action may be appropriate."

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the 5-4 high court majority, acknowledged the terrorism threat the U.S. faces — the administration's justification for the detentions — but he declared, "The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times."

In a blistering dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia said the decision "will make the war harder on us. It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed."

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    • Well, Glenn Greenwald also gets it.

      Glenn Greenwald

      Friday June 13, 2008 07:25 EDT

      Conservatism vs. authoritarianism: The British vs. the U.S. right

      ...how and why would any American object to the mere requirement that our Government prove that someone is guilty before we imprison them indefinitely or execute them? That is all that yesterday's Supreme Court ruling required -- not that detainees be released, but that their guilt be proven in a fair proceeding. The fact that the Right is so enraged by this basic requirement vividly reveals the authoritarian impulses which define them.