Thursday, December 18, 2003

Yahoo! News - Courts Slam Anti-Terror Legal Strategy 

Yahoo! News - Courts Slam Anti-Terror Legal Strategy
In twin setbacks for the Bush administration's war on terror, federal appeals courts on opposite coasts ruled Thursday that the U.S. military cannot indefinitely hold prisoners without access to lawyers or the American courts.

One ruling favored the 660 "enemy combatants" being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The other involved Jose Padilla, an American who was seized in Chicago in an alleged plot to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" and was declared as an enemy combatant.
"The president's most solemn obligation is protecting the American people," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said. "We believe the 2nd Circuit ruling is troubling and flawed."
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Preserving the Constitution is the president's most solemn obligation. The Executive Branch cannot choose when the Constitutions applies and when it doesn't. These decisions will be appealed. I hope the strict constructionalists will put aside their love of Bush and do the right thing.