30 June 2006

Supreme Court rules Gitmo tribunals invalid

It turns out that Bush doesn't have the Supreme Court totally wrapped around his little finger after all.

Yesterday, in a stunning victory for human rights and the rule of law, the Supreme Court decided that the military commissions/tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, which are being used to try some detainees, are invalid. The Court found that commission rules violate due process provisions of the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. [Read story.]

To read Amnesty International's official statement regarding this decision, click here.

But don't pop the champagne corks just yet. Bush is already looking for loopholes. He has indicated that "[t]o the extent that there is latitude to work with the Congress to determine whether or not the military tribunals will be an avenue in which to give people their day in court, we will do so." So apparently he will now try to get his lapdog Congress to legally authorize his kangaroo-court tribunals.

This would be something we must fight.

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