WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ruled that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.
The justices, in a 5-4 ruling Thursday, handed the Bush administration its third setback at the high court since 2004 over its treatment of prisoners who are being held indefinitely and without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
A victory for the ACLU? No, not at all. The justices held that Constitutional rights were written to withstand times of extreme stress such as now. Across the Atlantic in Britain, Parliament extended the pre-charge terror suspect holding period from 28 days to more than 40 days. One MP said in protest, that al-Qaida wants to destroy our nation and "When we trash our liberties, we are doing their work for them."
The Constitution wins. Now the detainees can obtain hearings in the US in front of their accusers and receive judgment from US juries. Of course, those US juries have set OJ Simpson free - twice! Now the Administration is free to try again at crafting a law that will pass Constitutional muster.
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