Jun 12, 2007

A Voice of Reason - Finally!

It appears that at least the Federal Appeals Court has a voice of reason in these days of Dictator Bushs' Regime.
Judges Say U.S. Can’t Hold Man as ‘Combatant’
The court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, said a fundamental principle is at stake: military detention of someone who had lawfully entered the United States and established connections here, it said, violates the Constitution.

“To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians,” Judge Motz wrote, “even if the president calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country.”

“We refuse to recognize a claim to power,” Judge Motz added, “that would so alter the constitutional foundations of our republic.”

We know, based on Bush's record that he has little regard for the Constitution so it is refreshing to hear that the Courts still place some value on the Constitutional Rights of our people.
I once again call to mind the era of "McCarthyism" when all one had to do was point an accusing finger and lives were ruined.

Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, and the level of threat posed by a person's real or supposed leftist associations or beliefs was often greatly exaggerated.

Can we really stand by and allow Bush to return us to such paranoia and prejudice?

On the Flip Side:

Senators Block Vote on Gonzales
Republicans Thwart No-Confidence Bid
By Paul Kane

The Senate yesterday rejected a bid to conduct a vote of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, as Republicans declined to defend the embattled presidential confidant but rejected the effort as a political stunt.
On a 53 to 38 roll call, Democrats fell seven votes short of the 60 needed to invoke cloture and begin the debate on a resolution condemning Gonzales. Seven Republicans broke with the administration and refused to support the attorney general.

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