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.
[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!