June 16th, 2008 22:27 EST
John McCain Blasts The Supreme Court's GITMO Decision
The Bush administration frequently criticizes the Cuban regime for its human rights abuses, it`s ironic that the most undemocratic section of Cuba is the Guantanamo Bay prison camp (GITMO) operated by the United States military.
Some prisoners have been held in GITMO for over six years without being charged with any crimes, they are in perpetual limbo. Habeas Corpus should extend to every territory run by our government; some of these detainees were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Finally the prisoners at GITMO will be able to challenge their detentions via the courts. Even the prisoners who are hardcore terrorists deserve their day in court, a real court and not a military kangaroo court.
"The U.S. Supreme Court`s 5-4 ruling last week that terror suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay must have access to the courts to challenge their detentions should be the last word about when and where the Constitution applies in the war on terror.
Three times (twice with the help of Congress) the Bush administration has tried to end-run the basic due process the Constitution guarantees. And three times the court has said: No way.
And because the court`s ruling last week was based in the Constitution, there is little wiggle room left for the administration to make more mischief on this issue."
Quotation from the Detroit Free Press
In a statement issued by the Obama campaign following the ruling, Obama said the court`s decision "is a rejection of the Bush administration`s attempt to create a legal black hole at Guantanamo..."
John McCain on the other hand was very critical of the court`s ruling:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) denounced last week`s Supreme Court decision allowing Guantanamo Bay prisoners access to civilian courts in the U.S. as he campaigned at Burlington County College in Pemberton, N.J. Friday.
Calling the 5-4 decision Boumediene v. Bush "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country," the presidential candidate said "we`re now going to have the courts flooded with so-called habeas corpus cases."
Quotation from www.thebulletin.us
I respect McCain for speaking out against torture, under any circumstances, but he is inconsistent in supporting the detention of suspected terrorists without any charges being leveled against them. As a former POW certainly he should understand that prisoners have a moral right to know what charges they are facing.
McCain is wrong on Iraq, wrong on Guantanamo Bay, and let`s not forget that if he is elected president he will appoint judges for the Supreme Court who have a disdain for habeas corpus.
To protect the bedrock principles of our democracy, like habeas corpus, it`s imperative that we elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.