'Landmark' Gitmo Ruling Is a Blow Against Tyranny

Justices rebuke Bush and restore one of the nation's founding principles
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 6:47 PM CDT
In this 2007 file photo, a detainee is escorted by U.S. military personnel at the detention facility on Guantanamo Bay.    (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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(Newser) – Today's Supreme Court decision giving Guantanamo Bay prisoners the right to challenge their detention "will be one of the most celebrated landmark rulings of this generation," Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon. By upholding habeas corpus—a rebuke to the Bush administration and complicit pols of all stripes—the court rescued one of the nation's most important principles.

"The greatest victim of the 9/11 attack has been our core, defining constitutional liberties," writes Greenwald. "Of all the powers seized by this administration in the name of keeping us Safe, the power to imprison people indefinitely with no charges and no real process is the most pernicious."