Friday, June 29, 2007

The Redemption

In a "highly unusual" move, The US Supreme Court reconsidered a previous decision and granted cert to hear two critical Guantanamo Bay cases, Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. U.S. Because Court rules require five votes instead of the usual four to grant cert in such situations, and due to the unusualness of the case at hand, it is looking like the Court will reverse the D.C. Circuit Court, which would be a victory for detainee rights.

Good. I don't know much about Al Odah, but Boumediene was literally kidnapped from Bosnia by US Special Forces after he was found innocent of the plot we're accusing him of (well, there's another one, but he's got a good alibi--he was in a Bosnian prison when we said he was in Afghanistan). It's time for these travesties to end. Congratulations, Justice Kennedy--you have a rare opportunity to write an opinion for the ages.


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