Thursday, June 29, 2006
The Supreme Court's GITMO decision!
On the surface, Bush lost. The media is covering this like a huge rebuke of presidential power.
Yet, here are the facts.
The Court wants Congress involved. It did not close Gitmo or call for the release of these prisoners.
Frankly, I want Congress involved too. We need to sit back and rewrite the rules of engagement in this war on terror.
Let Pres. Bush bring this to the Congress. Senators Kyl and Graham are on the move:
"It is inappropriate to try terrorists in civilian courts. It threatens our national security and places the safety of jurors in danger. For those reasons and others, we believe terrorists should be tried before military commissions.
"We intend to pursue legislation in the Senate granting the Executive Branch the authority to ensure that terrorists can be tried by competent military commissions. Working together, Congress and the administration can draft a fair, suitable, and constitutionally permissible tribunal statute." (http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005464.htm)
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist: "I will pursue the earliest possible action in the United States Senate."
Let me predict right now: The House and Senate will give Pres. Bush what he wants.
Check out Andrew Cochran:
"The decision is actually a huge political gift to President Bush, and the detainees will not be released that easily. The President and GOP leaders will propose a bill to override the decision and keep the terrorists in jail until they are securely transferred to host countries for permanent punishment. The Administration and its allies will release plenty of information on the terrorist acts committed by the detainees for which they were detained (see this great ABC News interview with the Gitmo warden). They will also release information about those terrorist acts committed by Gitmo prisoners after they were released. They will challenge the "judicial interference with national security" and challenge dissenting Congressmen and civil libertarians to either stand with the terrorists or the American people. The Pentagon will continue to release a small number of detainees as circumstances allow. The bill will pass easily and quickly. And if the Supremes invalidate that law, we'll see another legislative response, and another, until they get it right. Just watch." (http://counterterrorismblog.org/2006/06/prediction_bush_congress_will.php)
Let's see how many Democrats actually vote against tribunals.
Posted by Silvio Canto, Jr. Post Link ---> 4:45 PM
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