today in police state news

So much for due process:

The court overturned an earlier ruling that Jose Padilla, accused of planning an attack with a "dirty bomb", should either be charged or freed.

A federal judge had ruled earlier this year that Mr Padilla could not be held indefinitely without charge. Lawyers have argued that the president is exceeding his authority by denying him access to lawyers and courts. But the government says such detentions are necessary to prevent terrorism in the US.

Presumably this will go to the Supreme Court eventually. Some time after Bush has appointed two more of his college roommates.

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7 Responses:

  1. In all fairness, the most recent ascension of lesser human kind was his campaign manager's collage roommate. Direct association is no longer required, it seems.

  2. kyronfive says:

    Some time after Bush has appointed two more of his college roommates.

    ...or other members of the Arabian horse association.

  3. chuck_lw says:

    Well, ya know, if you've detained somebody unfairly for this long, you've gotta figure they've become so embittered that they'll consider terrorism a viable option in their lives. That's why we should continue to detain them unfairly.

  4. bifrosty2k says:

    Its Mitnick all over again, although I like this guy much less.

    • rbeef says:

      Judge who wrote the decision is being considered for nomination to the Supreme Court

      That's supposedly true, but Judge Luttig has also been involved in a case that struck down a partial-birth abortion ban (see here for that and some other rulings he's made). My guess is that Bush is going to avoid nominating anyone who's done anything with abortion.