Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Can Congress find the courage?

Congress has a new chance to show its independence from the Bush Adminsitration and to demonstrate that some sort of basic sense of decency still survives in Washinton: our electeds can restore basic legal rights to the detainees in Guantanamo Bay. Military judges threw out a couple cases against them yesterday, ruling that the government never showed -- oopsie whoopsie -- that the defendants were "unlawful enemy combatants," which is necessary if the government is going to meet its own woefully low standards for detaining folks.

(The Pentagon declared the issue to be merely technical and semantic, but then, the Pentagon thinks having a reason to invade a country before doing so is just a technicality.)

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), said the decisions could prompt Congress to review its 2006 decision to deny Gruantanamo detainees habeas corpus.

Habeus corpus never should been stripped from these defendants.

Guantanamo was already a huge travesty; last year's habeas decision confirmed the detention center's status as a tragedy.

C'mon, Congress. Fix it now.

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