When the Supreme Court forced….

…the Bush administration to grant habeaus corpus to Gitmo detainees last week conservatives were outraged. Not least among them Justice Scalia who predicted in his dissent that “more Americans will almost certainly be killed” as a result. Detainees have been released from Guantanamo before, he said, and “at least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released…. have returned to the battlefield”.

Just one problem. The “returning to the battlefield” story originated with the Defense Department and was thoroughly disproved by a report issued by the Seton Hall Center for Policy and Research on December 10, 2007. Among its findings:

  • At most 12, not 30, detainees “returned to the fight.”
  • Not a single released Guantánamo detainee has ever attacked any Americans.
  • None of the detainees were released by a court; the decision was made by political appointees at the Department of Defense for unknown reasons.

Yikes. I thought Scalia was supposed to be the brainy one on the Court. He’s bringing up stuff like this?



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2 responses to “When the Supreme Court forced….

  1. DK

    Thank-you, Justice Scalia. Let’s ratchet up the conservative wing’s fear-mongering a little, shall we? I’m expecting a real drumbeat by November. Here’s Newt Gingrich’s take on it, on Face the Nation:

    “On the other hand, I will say, the recent Supreme Court decision to turn over to a local district judge decisions of national security and life and death that should be made by the president and the Congress is the most extraordinarily arrogant and destructive decision the Supreme Court has made in its history. . . . . Worse than Dred Scott, worse than–because–for this following reason: . . .

    This court decision is a disaster which could cost us a city. And the debate ought to be over whether or not you’re prepared to risk losing an American city on behalf of five lawyers . . . .”

    Not just more American citizens, Mr. Scalia. Think in terms of an entire American city.

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