Bush whacked by courts in 2 terror rulings
This is good news. Courts are (finally) slapping down the noxious neo-fascist attempts by the Bush Adminstration to imprison anyone they want any time they want, without them being allowed to see a lawyer or even know what they are charged with. And if that isn’t neo-fascism, then tell me, what is?.
Federal appeals courts in California and New York handed the Bush administration’s war on terrorism two stunning legal setbacks Thursday, ruling that the government doesn’t have unchecked power to jail enemy combatants without access to the courts.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that President Bush has no authority to hold American citizen Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant without congressional approval and ordered Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to release the alleged dirty-bomb plotter from military custody within 30 days.
In San Francisco, a federal appeals panel said the government can’t keep some 660 foreign fighters captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan locked up indefinitely at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.