The Supreme Court delivered a blow to the Bush administration's anti-terror policies Thursday when it ruled that the president was out of line when he ordered military war-crimes trials for some Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the opinion, which said the proposed trials were illegal under U.S. law and Geneva conventions. Read more.
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Here's what people in the news are saying:
"Trial by military commission raises separation-of-powers concerns of the highest order." — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his written ruling.
"...to second-guess the determination of the political branches that these conspirators must be brought to justice is both unprecedented and dangerous." — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in his dissenting opinion.
"I want to find a way forward. I have told the people I would like there to be a way to return people from Guantanamo to their home countries but some of the people need to be tried in our courts." — President Bush, responding to the Supreme Court decision.
"This is a really difficult situation because the fact of the matter is, historically, all civilized countries have recognized the need for the specialized tribunals. Evidence gathered on the battlefield is gathered by soldiers, not trained detectives and policeman...this is soldiers grabbing stuff and throwing it in a Humvee." — Joe Reeder, former Army undersecretary under President Clinton.
Check out what FOX Fans are saying:
"I do not agree with the Supreme Court’s decision. These prisoners are blatant terrorists, and we give them rights? I really hope President Bush and Congress can overturn this absurd ruling." — Sonja (Clemson, SC)
"I agree with Justice Thomas. The implication for these prisoners is that if they are detained, then they must be guilty because our government says so. It’s easy to let this get out of hand." — B.V. (Boston, MA)
"Detainees should not be given the privilege of being tried in our U.S. court system because they are NOT U.S. citizens. We are in a war, and confidential information could come out in a trial. Besides, how would our military feel about giving detainees the privilege of our justice system? The detainees will make a mockery of it." — Paige (Pensacola, FL)
"The Bush administration has dangerously ignored the separation of powers concept, and Congress has allowed it. It is troubling to think our country has held people without counsel or charges. Even if these innocents were not violently against the United States prior to detainment, they certainly will be now." — Carly
"Apparently, there are still people who don't understand that we are at war and that this type of war is unprecedented in this nation's history. Unfortunately, some of them wear black robes. These people are detainees and terrorists who are incarcerated on the bases of strategic need and the protection of American citizens. It is now clear that Bush will have to fight this war with both hands tied behind his back." — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)
"The detainees should receive fair trials by military tribunal. That would ensure a straight path to justice. Civilian courts are too easily turned into circuses by those who have never been within a thousand miles of a battlefield." — Frank (Plano, TX)