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Worst Decision Ever??

About a month ago the Supreme Court ruled, “detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have a constitutional right to challenge their detentions in federal court and that congressional legislation has failed to provide a reasonable substitute for such a hearing.” In response, John McCain called it, “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

A friend pointed out to me how absurd a statement that was, and, after a bit of digging, turned up a few articles which point it out.

The crux of the issue, which George F. Will points out: “Does it rank with Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), which concocted a constitutional right, unmentioned in the document, to own slaves and held that black people have no rights that white people are bound to respect? With Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which affirmed the constitutionality of legally enforced racial segregation? With Korematsu v. United States (1944), which affirmed the wartime right to sweep American citizens of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps?”

July 17, 2008