|NEW YORK - In a stunning blow to the Bush administration's failed national security policies, the Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that the U.S. Constitution applies to the government's detention policies at Guantanamo. The Court concluded that detainees held at Guantanamo have a right to challenge their detention through habeas corpus.
Said Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union:
"Today's decision forcefully repudiates the essential lawlessness of the Bush administration's failed Guantanamo policy. It should also mark the beginning of the end of the military commission process, which permits the use of coerced evidence and hearsay and thus cannot survive the constitutional scrutiny that today's decision demands. It is time to close Guantanamo, end indefinite detention without charge and restore the rule of law."