Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:05pm ET
By James Vicini
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sharp rebuke of President George W. Bush's tactics in the war on terrorism, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unlawful the military tribunal system set up to try Guantanamo prisoners.
By a 5-3 vote, the nation's highest court declared that the tribunals, which Bush created right after the September 11 attacks, violated the Geneva Conventions and U.S. military rules.
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Since congress has had a yellow spine (except John McCain) when it comes to calling the Bush Administration to account for its violations of Geneva Conventions at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, I guess it's up to the Supreme Court.
Bush says will take Guantanamo court ruling seriously
Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:21pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Thursday said he had not fully reviewed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found the current military tribunal system to try Guantanamo prisoners unlawful, but promised it would be taken seriously.
Bush said he would consult with the U.S. Congress to attain appropriate authority for the military tribunals the high court said violated U.S. military rules and the Geneva Conventions.
"We take the findings seriously," he said at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. "We will work with the Congress" on a way forward.
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1. Can we believe Bush when he says this? He certainly did not "work with the congress" in order to attain appropriate authority when it pertained to spying on American's phone calls and bank records. Why should he now change his MO?
2. What should be a Christian stand on the situation at Guantanamo Bay?
Here’s the spectrum:
Amnesty International demands the closing of Guantanamo Bay
Sojourners’ Jim Rice also thinks Guantanamo Bay should be closed
Gary Haugen, of International Justice Mission, wrote an editorial in Christianity Today asking the question, "Where are the voices from the Christian community on cruel and degrading treatment of detainees?"
But, the Religious Right, represented by groups like the Christian Coalition, shockingly say that human rights do not pertain to certain human beings. In a Press Release, they say, and I quote, “Christian Coalition agrees with the Bush Administration that terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay do not deserve prisoner-of-war status under the Geneva Conventions.”
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