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Bush Gets Smacked on the Head with the Constitution, Again

June 12th, 2007 | by Jersey McJones |

Back in August of last year, a federal judge ruled the Bush “warrantless wiretapping” program unconstitutional, a decision that pro-Bush pundits strained to rationalize as weak but it stands to this day. Yesterday, the 4th Circuit ruled that detaining US citizens in perpetuity without charges is unconstitutional as well.

From the Seattle Times…

A divided panel from a conservative federal appeals court delivered a harsh rebuke to the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism strategy Monday, ruling that U.S. residents cannot be locked up indefinitely as “enemy combatants” without being charged.

…”Put simply, the Constitution does not allow the president to order the military to seize civilians residing within the United States and then detain them indefinitely without criminal process, and this is so even if he calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ ” the court said. …

Now, of course, the term “enemy combatants” was created by the Bush administration to dodge the Geneva Conventions, which they deem “quaint,” and our own constitution, which I assume they deem just as quaint. The pro-Bush crowd will probably say the decision is “weak,” or that the court is being “activist,” but once again I believe this decision will stand. The fact that “enemy combatant” has no place in law, and the fact that the constitution is pretty clear on our rights as citizens, should stand up to the current Supreme Court, should it get that far. The 4th circuit is even more conservative than the SCOTUS.

Score two for the constitution, zero for the Bushies.

JMJ

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  1. One Response to “Bush Gets Smacked on the Head with the Constitution, Again”

  2. By Dusty on Jun 14, 2007 | Reply

    I did the “happy dance” when I saw this. Not literally of course..the back couldn’t take it :P

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