From Fox (sorry, I'm just grabbing the quotes):

John McCain said Friday that the Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo Bay detainees is "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."


"We are now going to have the courts flooded with so-called ... habeas corpus suits against the government, whether it be about the diet, whether it be about the reading material. And we are going to be bollixed up in a way that is terribly unfortunate because we need to go ahead and adjudicate these cases," he said at a town hall meeting in New Jersey.


"These are people who are not citizens. They do not and never have been given the rights that citizens in this country have," he said. "Now, my friends, there are some bad people down there...

Can you give us some examples, John?

There are some bad people."

I knew you could.

I am not a lawyer, but does this man even know what habeas corpus is? It has nothing whatsoever to do with the conditions people are held under, or the treatment they are subject to - that is, constitutionally, under the 8th amendment.

Habeas corpus is only about whether the detainment is legal in the first place - whether the law is being followed in holding this person prisoner. That covers the process of arrest, jurisdiction, timely charges, and related issues. Period. And this is stuff I learned over 20 years ago, in fifth grade. Really.

Originally posted to homunq on Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 12:52 PM PDT.

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