Surprise! Surprise! Constitutional protections prevail even on the Roberts Court!
The U.S. Supreme Court RULED this morning that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have rights under the U.S. Constitution to challenge their detention in civilian courts.
The scary thing about the ruling, which is a defeat for the Bush administration, is that four of the nine justices (including Chief Justice John Roberts) voted against it.
The decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, has one line that’s likely to become memorable: “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”
POSTSCRIPT: Speaking of conservative Republican judicial appointees, how about THIS GUY?