Friday, June 13, 2008

Habeas Corpus case reveals Republican judicial activism and hypocrisy

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the writ of habeas corpus, saying that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have the right to challenge their detention in federal court. The writ of habeas corpus is a key to limiting the power of government.

Republican opposition to this decision is telling. Republicans often complain about "judicial activism," blaming it on liberals and claiming that it undermines the U.S. Constitution, but Republican attempts to set aside the Constitution in times of war are nothing but judicial activism in its purest form.

There is absolutely nothing in the U.S. Constitution to suggest that it somehow no longer applies when our nation goes to war. Republican attempts to set aside the Constitution in time of war--a war that the Republican Party lied us into--reveal a dangerous and hypocritical attempt by the Republican Party to undermine the Constitution of the United States.

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