US Supreme Court allows Guantanamo prisoners appeals

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  1. Not what Bush & crew had in mind before the next election.

    "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Guantanamo Bay prisoners have the right to go before U.S. federal judges to challenge their years-long detention, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a stinging setback for the Bush administration.

    By a 5-4 vote, the high court overturned a ruling that upheld a law President George W. Bush pushed through the Republican-led Congress in 2006 that took away the habeas corpus rights of the terrorism suspects to seek full judicial review of their detention.

    "We hold these petitioners do have the habeas corpus privilege," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court majority in the 70-page opinion, portions of which he read from the bench.

    Habeas corpus is a long-standing legal right that allows prisoners to challenge their confinement by the government. Kennedy said Congress had failed to create an adequate alternative for the prisoners held at the U.S. military base in Cuba to contest their detention."
  2. At long last, America's moral compass is starting to point North again. Maybe there's hope yet.
  3. Man to watch on this kind of stuff its his meat and drink: