Not a blog — linked to the picture — I visit often, except through BlogExplosion, but I have to say I was taken with a recent entry by Steven Long — among other things he is editor of Texas Horse Talk Magazine.
You see, my own view is that the recent decision of the US Supreme Court goes some way towards restoring the credibility of the United States as a country that actually supports the values it is allegedly defending.
Steven Long’s post (Ladies and Gentlemen, The Supremes!) begins:
Let’s face it, I’m as terrified of Islamic extremists as the next guy. I saw those buildings come down in New York, saw the people jumping out of them to escape the fire, heard the thud as their bodies hit the roof as I watched on live television. I have friends who saw the horror happen live. I want to see the people responsible for the death of innocents on September 11, 2001, suffer for what they did to America.
But I want them to stand trial.
When George Bush and Congress suspended the right [to] have a writ of habeas corpus heard in a U.S. court for the “enemy combatants” held at Guantanamo during the past six years I had a visceral reaction. My knee jerked violently, and I probably had another twitch or two here and there. You just don’t tamper with fundamental law, certainly not law that has served us well since the Magna Carta of 1215.
So important was this right to appeal illegal imprisonment to the framers, they incorporated it in Article 1, Section 9 of the United States Constitution. It’s called the Suspension Clause. It reads, “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it.”
And that’s the rub. George Bush and a Congress that probably knew better but wouldn’t stand up to a then strong president, passed a series of laws that held men without trial indefinitely.