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Human Rights & Law – Bring Our Constitution Back!

Posted by bosskitty on June 17, 2007

Bush suffers court setbacks in war on terrorism

By James Vicini of Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush’s broad assertions of power in his war on terrorism are under assault by U.S. judges who have rejected his indefinite imprisonment of enemy combatants and the domestic spying program.

A pair of recent rulings, one from military judges and the other from a U.S. appeals court, delivered new legal setbacks for Bush’s tactics in dealing with terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or in the United States.

“In case after case, this nation’s judicial branch has told the administration that it may not trample on fundamental rights in the name of national security,” said Hina Shamsi of the New York-based group Human Rights First.

Federal Court rullings …  Bush could not declare civilians in this country to be enemy combatants and have the military hold them indefinitely.

The ruling said Bush overstepped his authority …

… violated free-speech rights, protections against unreasonable searches and the constitutional check on the power of the presidency.

Human rights and civil liberties groups said the decision underscored the importance of judicial review as a check on Bush’s executive power.

“Once again, the courts have stepped in to rein in the executive and restore the rule of law,” said Jennifer Daskal, U.S. advocacy director of Human Rights Watch.

New law creates … a new system of military trials for Guantanamo prisoners to replace the one struck down by the Supreme Court.

 With super-glue and duct tape we shall mend our Constituton – we must be more vigilant!  Dictatorship is not an option!

BILL OF RIGHTS

  • Sixth Amendment: guarantees a speedy public trial for criminal offenses. It requires trial by a jury (of peers), guarantees the right to legal counsel for the accused, and guarantees that the accused may require witnesses to attend the trial and testify in the presence of the accused. It also guarantees the accused a right to know the charges against him. The Sixth Amendment has several court cases associated with it, including Powell v. Alabama, United States v. Wong Kim Ark, Gideon v. Wainwright, and Crawford v. Washington. In 1966, the Supreme Court ruled that the fifth amendment prohibition on forced self incrimination and the sixth amendment clause on right to counsel were to be made known to all persons placed under arrest, and these clauses have become known as the Miranda rights.

 Ignore your rights and they will go away …

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