Monday, January 31, 2005

Guantanamo Unconstitutional

I doubt that this ruling will stand, but it's nice to know that at least one judge has had the balls to say, "Yes, George, this is America, and even prisoners have rights."

A U.S. judge ruled on Monday that the Guantanamo military tribunals for terrorism suspects are unconstitutional.

In a setback for the Bush administration, U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green also ruled the prisoners at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have constitutional protections under the law.

"The court concludes that the petitioners have stated valid claims under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and that the procedures implemented by the government to confirm that the petitioners are 'enemy combatants' subject to indefinite detention violate the petitioners' rights to due process of law," Green wrote.

And compare this:

Bush administration attorneys argued the prisoners have no constitutional rights.

To this:

"From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights." - George W. Bush, Inaugural Speech, January 20, 2005.

Even those in Guantanamo, George?

I didn't think so.

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