Thursday, June 12, 2008

Boumediene v. Bush: The Result

In what is undoubtedly a victory for freedom, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision granting habeas rights to detainees at Guantanamo.

I'm reading the a 130+ page decision right now, but it looks good so far. I'll write more after I've read it fully, but it seems that the legal black hole the administration created for detainees has been effectively destroyed...and that is a very good thing.

Best quote so far:

In considering both the procedural and substantive standards used to impose detention to prevent acts of terrorism, the courts must accord proper deference to the political branches. However, security subsists, too, in fidelity to freedom's first principles, chief among them being freedom from arbitrary and unlawful restraint and the personal liberty that is secured by adherence to the separation of powers.

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