Supreme Court Repudiates Bush Administration

I’m a long-time supported of the ACLU, and send letters, give money and sign petitions on their behalf. Today is a reminder of why it’s worth it to participate.

I just received an email from them summarizing the many victories of this term. Here are some pullquotes from the full press release.

The Supreme Court Term that ended today will long be remembered for its emphatic repudiation of the Bush Administration’s claim that it can conduct the war on terrorism as it sees fit with virtually no opportunity for meaningful judicial review.

The administration has treated the rule of law as an inconvenience in the war against terrorism. In response, the Supreme Court has sent a powerful message that the end does not justify the means, and that it will not sit on the sidelines while the rule of law is ignored.

As Justice O’Connor wrote for the plurality in Hamdi: “[A] state of war is not a blank check for the President when it comes to the rights of the Nation’s citizens.”

In the end, however, this Term will be known for the Court’s terrorism decisions. “The state of civil liberties is always perilous in periods of national crisis,” Shapiro said. “The Court deserves great credit for recognizing that the rule of law cannot be enforced in the absence of meaningful judicial review.”

It’s good to be reminded that even in the face of shamefull leadership, international scorn, and wave after wave of bad news, the system still works and Liberty get’s it’s day in court.