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Thursday, June 29, 2006

SUPREME COURT BLOCKS BUSH, GITMO WAR TRIALS




WASHINGTON (AP)---0629dvs-gitmo-ruling The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The ruling, a rebuke to the administration and its aggressive anti-terror policies, was written by Justice John Paul Stevens, who said the proposed trials were illegal under U.S. law and international Geneva conventions.

The case focused on Salim Almed Hamdan, a Yemeni who worked a s a bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden. Hamdan, 36, has spent four years in the U.S. prison in Cuba. He faces a single count of conspiring against U.S. citizens from 1996 to November 2001.

Two years ago, the court rejected Bush's claim to have authority to seize and detain terrorism suspects and indefinitely deny them access to courts or lawyers. In this follow-up case, the justices focused solely on the issue of trials for some of the men.

The vote was split 5-3, with moderate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy joining the court's liberal members in ruling against the Bush administration. Chief Justice John Roberts, named to lead the court last September by Bush, was sidelined in the case because as an appeals court judge he had backed the government over Hamdan.

Thursday's ruling overturned that decision.

Bush spokesman Tony Snow said the White House would have no comment until lawyers had had a chance to review the decision. Officials at the Pentagon and Justice Department were planning to issue statements later in the day.

The administration had hinted in recent weeks that it was prepared for the court to set back its plans for trying Guantanamo detainees.

The president had also told reporters, "I'd like to close Guantanamo." But he added, "I also recognize that we're holding some people that are darn dangerous

The court's ruling says nothing about whether the prison should be shut down, dealing only with plans to put detainees on trial.

"Trial by military commission raises seperation-of-powers concerns of the highest order," Kennedy wrote in his opinion.

The prison at Guantanamo Bay, erected in the months after Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States, has been a flash point for internaional criticism. Hundreds of people suspected of ties to al-Qaida and the Taliban---including some teenagers---have been swept up by the U.S. military and secretly shipped there since 2002.

Three detainees committed suicide there this month, using sheets and clothing to hang themselves. The deaths brought new scrutiny and criticism of the prison, along with fresh calls for its closing.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a strongly worded dissent, saying the court's decision would "sorely hamper the president's ability to confront and defeat a new and deadly enemy."

The court's willingness, Thomas said, "to second-guess the determiniation of the political branches that these conspirators must be brought to justice is both unprecedented and dangerous."

Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito also filed dissents.

In his own opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer said, "Congress has not issued the executive a 'blank check.'"

"Indeed, Congress has denied the president the legislative authority to create military commissions of the kind at issue here. Nothing prevents the president from returning to Congress to seek the authority he believes necessary," Breyer wrote.


Source of Info: Las Vegas SUN
By: Gina Holland/Associated Press
June 29, 2006

STOP THE "HOME GROWN FLAG-BURNERS" BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE




Goodness, I had no idea that the United States was in such a weakened state as Republicans insist the nation to be. (*They oughta know since they've been running it for 6 years now!) Sure, we all know the *Republicans' eonomic policy of cutting taxes and spending money on big oil companies have forced them to sell nearly three trillion dollars of debt to the Chinese and Saudis; *we all know the $400B frittered away in Iraq has weakened the nation's financial future; *we are all aware that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have nearly completely dismantled the entire Bill of Rights; *who isn't aware of FEMA's sorry state---*New Orleans makes it obvious as the nose on everyone's face that we can no longer rebuild our destroyed cities; *every American knows the borders are open for any member of al-Qaeda to enter undetected; *the nation's ports are literally unsecured; * education is teetering on becoming useless; *retirement programs are going the way of the dinosaur; *Medicare is an unholy mess; and, too, *while Bush and Republicans "stay the course" in Iraq and "cut and run" from reality, we are all aware that radical Islamists are taking over entire countries, like Somolia. ***What none of us knew, myself included, is things had gotten so bad that if someone was to burn a flag, the entire nation would crumble.

I had no idea things had reached sich dire circumstances. Yet, burning a flag, according to the Republicans, could be the straw that finally broke the nation's back. So vital is it to the Republic's well being that Republicans had cleared the Senate schedule this week, so they could attempt to pass an amendment against burning the flag, and, thereby rescue the nation.

Guess, it is lucky for "We the People" to have such dedicated and brave representation in Washington, DC. I mean, "We the People" weren't even aware the nation was teetering on the precipice of collapse and that only a flag burning amendment could save us from certain disaster. I guess, that is the job of our elected officials---ensure "We the People" don't become victims of their own ignorance.

A cynic might think the Republican controlled Senate would consider *passing legislation aimed at balancing the nation's budget, *fixing immigration, *repairing schools, *making college education affordable for working families, *improving health care or, perhaps, *devising a plan for energy independence. But that cynic would be wrongheaded and ignorant of the facts! The number one problem facing America today; the greatest and most grave danger lurking out there in the shadowy and dangerous world, is a togue citizen putting a match to the flag.

We are talking about "homegrown flag-burners!"

Imagine if say, a rebellious college student were to torch a flag; *The Twin Towers might again crumble, *the Pentagon be attacked, *a plane crash in a farmers field somewhere in Pennsylvania, *another million people tossed off the health insurance rolls, *more schools failing, *thousands of senior citizens without Medicare coverage, *even more chaos in Iraq, *a complete takeover in Afghanastan by the Taliban, *and even less energy availability. I mean, this flag burning thing is THAT serious! Who knows what might happen to this nation were a flag to be burned? Well, let me tell you what would happen, and this is no joke because the Republicans tell me so, the country would probably disintegrate. Were it not for the flag burning amendment and all the time Republicans have dedicated to it---the Iraqis would never be able to "stand-up so we can stand down."

Don't laugh! This is super-duper serious business. The country is in such dire straights now, that a burning flag could bring the nation crashing down around all our ears. Who knew the United States had become so fragile? (*All under the Republicans ruling both Houses and the White House!) We need to stop the "homegrown flag-burners" beore it is too late!


Commentary by A. Alexander
The Progressive Daily Beacon
June 28th, 2006

posted by Angela
on June 28th, 2006 at 5:25PM

By the way, how many flags do we see today flying proudly in the breeze? Where are they? I hope no one is secretly burning them? Ah, that's a joke! Congress would have nothing to do if they don't bring out the flag burning thing, or gay marriages, or family planning, etc. We elected them to do their job, isn't this one of them? Hmmmmmmmmmm! No Flag Burning. Bombs are O.K. We have such a healthy minded administration, it's so hard to keep our flag flying high, when they are doing their damnest to walk all over our beloved flag, along with our Constitution. Why burn the flag when we have those in the White House doing a fine job of trashing the American Flag, for ll the world to see! Whay am I missing here?