Tuesday, June 29, 2004

"A state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation's citizens."

So says Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The Supreme Court of the United States yesterday restored a few of the rights taken away by the Bush administration. There are separate concurring and dissenting opinions. From the brief news story, it seems a good result. I'm happy to see some elements of our rights secured to us under the old republic retained. If that is, in fact, what occured. The text of the opinions may reveal something more than the AP reporter presented.

The news story is here.

Links to Monday's rulings:

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

Rasul v. Bush

Padilla v. Rumsfeld

[Thanks to Serge for the reference.]