Washington – The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The ruling, a rebuke to the administration and its aggressive anti-terror policies, was written by Justice John Paul Stevens, who said the proposed trials were illegal under U.S. law and Geneva conventions.
Tell it, Justice Breyer:
In his own separate opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer said, “Congress has not issued the executive a ‘blank check.”‘
“Indeed, Congress has denied the president the legislative authority to create military commissions of the kind at issue here. Nothing prevents the president from returning to Congress to seek the authority he believes necessary,” Breyer wrote.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t solve everything. This doesn’t address the utter human rights nightmare that Gitmo has become, and it doesn’t address what WILL happen to the 450 people rotting there now. But someone in this government actually said no to Dubya.