June 28, 2004
Supreme Court OKs Detention of US Citizens Without Trial
Overturns presumption of innocence
... the Supreme Court decided that US citizens designated as "enemy combatants" could be detained without trial - but that those held also had the right to challenge their detention in US courts...
[In other words, any American designated by Bush as "enemy combatant" is now guilty until proven innocent!]
By ANNE GEARAN
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday that Congress gave President Bush the power to hold an American citizen without charges or trial, but said the detainee can challenge his treatment in court.
The 6-3 ruling sided with the administration on an important legal point raised in the war on terrorism. At the same time, it left unanswered other hard questions raised by the case of Yaser Esam Hamdi, who has been detained more than two years and who was only recently allowed to see a lawyer...
[How long will you go down for, how much torture will you endure, before you get your day in court? The US constitution is now officially a dead letter. Welcome to Fascism.]