Friday, June 30, 2006

Supreme Court disses Bush

You can find analyses of yesterday's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision by Eugene Volokh, or as a dialogue between Slate's Dahlia Lithwick and Walter Dellinger. As far as I can tell, the main result here is that detainees in Guantanamo need to be treated according to the rules of the Geneva Convention. Good job, Checks and Balances.


At Friday, June 30, 2006 at 11:11:00 AM PDT, Blogger Victor said...

Even though the Geneva Convention only applies to uniformed, legal POWs, rather than illegal combatants and terrorists? And that its very logic requires this distinction to be made (why fight fair if there are no consequences to your fighting unfair; people used to understand that).

All these justices did was substitute their judgment on the status of Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Not exactly their pay grade. (I have written about this abomination here.

At Friday, June 30, 2006 at 12:17:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

I'll let the lawyers and justices make the legal arguments, but I believe that the USA needs to make every effort to conduct itself by the highest standards in the Global War on Terror in order to demonstrate that democratic principles needn't be held in abeyance to win a war for those principles. It's one thing to beat an opponent who fights dirty by fighting dirty yourself, but if you can beat a dirty opponent while keeping your own reputation unsullied, then you can win with honor and--- strategically--- win the war of ideas as well.

Yes, I know that in wartime the President needs certain powers, and that expediencies must be taken. Instead of using those privileges judiciously, he uses the GWOT as an excuse to take any liberty he pleases with prisoners, civil liberties, etc. He's a reckless leader and I'm glad to see the Supreme Court rein him in.

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 7:35:00 PM PDT, Blogger Nictate said...

I'm with you, Adam. Well-said.

The movie "Road to Guantanamo" has been accused of offering a skewed version of the ugliness of Gitmo, but should make any viewer realize the flaws in the administration's handling of the enemy combatants.

Somehow, Stephen Colbert was able to find the humor in the insanity:


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