Search and Replace No Match for SCOTUS

I’ve long rolled my eyes at intelligent design proponents claiming that intelligent design is so very different from creation science. The celebrated intelligent design textbook, “Of Pandas and People,” originally referred to creation science before a search-and-replace operation changed the references to intelligent design. The current US administration’s approach to the war on terror is similar. “Prisoners of war” was replaced with “illegal enemy combatant”; “torture” by “enhanced interrogation technique”. With new shiny words in place, the administration was free to shove people into Gitmo limbo, where they were neither prisoners of war nor criminals.

That may be coming to an end.

[T]he Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign nationals held at Guantanamo Bay have a right to pursue habeas challenges to their detention. The Court, dividing 5-4, ruled that Congress had not validly taken away habeas rights. If Congress wishes to suspend habeas, it must do so only as the Constitution allows — when the country faces rebellion or invasion.

In reading the text of the ruling, Justice Kennedy stated that Congressional branch and the Executive branch can’t “switch the Constitution on or off at will”. I’m reminded of a bit from one of my favorite plays, Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons”.

Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?

This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down (and you’re just the man to do it!), do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?

Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

7 thoughts on “Search and Replace No Match for SCOTUS

  1. I’m so pissed off now I’m gonna have to blog this 🙂
    “The Rule of Law” means you set good laws in advance that apply to everyone, not try to go through the current ones with a magic marker when they’re too evenly applied.
    If you have a case against these “enemy combatants” then make it and stop spending my money to warehouse these people on some island. If these were “bad people” in small terrorist cells, what good is it to put them all in the same facility and get them even more pissed off at the US of A? All you’re doing is allowing these so-called terrorists to network … congrats, Gitmo is the terrorist version of an Amway sales rep convention in Las Vegas.
    Making a commercial for a zombie running for president started out as just farce, but now I think it’s more social commentary than I ever intended it to be. *sigh* Mitt Zombie might be my write-in candidate just out of protest of this nonsense.

  2. alright, so i don’t regret my having moved to the u.s too much… it’s good to know that there are some people in the political world with some sense..

  3. I heard this morning that many of these “foreign national’s” countries do not want them back anymore. So they may end up releasing some of them into the U.S. Fabulous result.

  4. I heard that as well, which of course makes me even happier that the administration’s been having people stew in confinement, getting madder and madder at the US, for six years with no real end game plotted out.

  5. At long, long last.
    But then I look at myself and say, “Burke woulda been ashamed of you.” One letter to my congresswoman. That’s it. *sigh*

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