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I read this in the news today, and I literally wept. This is from the Supreme Court's decision, restoring the write of Habeas Corpus, and negating the legitimacy of the military sham courts in Guantanamo. The decision was pretty far-reaching, and included this gem, this beautiful sentence, which is now officially U.S. Supreme Court precedent

Security subsists, too, in fidelity to freedom's first principles. Chief among these are freedom from arbitrary and unlawful restraint and the personal liberty that is secured by adherence to separation of powers. . . .

I'm extremely relieved to read this. Extremely relieved at the decision in general, and this actually addresses two of my most serious fears regarding the destruction of civil liberties in the past seven years; that the Executive's power-grab has gravely endangered the legitimacy of American government, and that the personal liberties that the framers of the Constitution intended to preserve in the face of even the gravest dangers had been imperiled by a very minor danger.

It's so weird to get good news, I couldn't help but shedding a tear. Good god, could that be the glimmering of dawn?


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Jun. 12th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
"Good god, could that be the glimmering of dawn?"

*crosses fingers*
Jun. 12th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Day shall come again!
Jun. 12th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
"A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises!"

(Okay, maybe that's not the most appropriate quote, but that's what came to mind just now.)
Jun. 12th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Same author, anyway.
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Awesome fucking news.
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Interesting to note - the four majority judges are the ones likely to retire - the three in the minority, Alito, Scalia and Roberts are all likely to stay on for a long time, and are the kind of conservative judges that McCain has already said he'd nominate if elected.

The Constitution is literally on the line, this election.
Jun. 13th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
It is wonderful news, but I cannot help but hope that this gets extended to everyone who, because of this failing attempt at a war on drugs, are denied Habeas Corpus across the US because of the Court's establishment of "mandatory" sentences for these victimless crimes.

Edited at 2008-06-13 12:57 pm (UTC)
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