Monday, June 11, 2007

Presidential authority and "Enemy Combatants"

From the New York Times:

Court Says Military Cannot Hold 'Enemy Combatant'

Published: June 11, 2007

In a stinging rejection of one of the Bush administration’s central assertions about the scope of executive authority to combat terrorism, a federal appeals court ordered the Pentagon to release a man being held as an enemy combatant.

“To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians," Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote, “even if the President calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country.”



jm4847 said...

It's not enough, but it's a start. We're all shocked and saddened that the US would even conceive the idea of having a place like Guantanamo.

the teach said...

We in the US are saddened too that such a place as Guantanamo exists, jm4847. thanks for commenting.