Thursday, June 12, 2008

Supreme Court: terror suspects can sue in civilian court

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have a right to challenge their detention in civilian court. Here comes the ACLU and every publicity-seeking, Bush-hating lawyer who wants to make a name for himself. Mark Levin:
It has been the objective of the left-wing bar to fight aspects of this war in our courtrooms, where it knew it would have a decent chance at victory. So complete is the Court’s disregard for the Constitution and even its own precedent now that anything is possible. And what was once considered inconceivable is now compelled by the Constitution, or so five justices have ruled. I fear for my country. I really do. And AP, among others, reports this story as a defeat for “the Bush administration.” Really? I see it as a defeat for the nation.

UPDATE: The 5-4 GITMO decision brings to the front, yet again, John McCain’s position on judges versus his own policies. McCain undoubtedly supports the 5-4 decision, yet the justices who voted against it, and argued strenuously against it, are of the kind McCain claims to want on the bench. We have seen the same issue arise respecting campaign finance. This is not to say that McCain won’t nominate originalists to the bench. But if he does, he will be nominating to the Court individuals who are better adherents to the Constitution than he is.
The majority opinion was written by Anthony Kennedy, appointed by the first President Bush. What a flop he has been as a Supreme Court justice.