Thursday, June 12, 2008

Guilty Gets Its "Until"and "Proven" Back

The AP reports, oddly enough directly using some of President Bush's own words in its lead without claiming it's quoting him, not that the press ever parrots official White House-speak:

In a stinging rebuke to President Bush's anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges.


Bush has argued the detentions are needed to protect the nation in a time of unprecedented threats from al-Qaida and other foreign terrorist groups. The president, in Rome, said Thursday, "It was a deeply divided court, and I strongly agree with those who dissented." He said he would consider whether to seek new laws in light of the ruling "so we can safely say to the American people, 'We're doing everything we can to protect you.'"

Bush continued, "Indeed, one of our main ways to protect you is to take away as many rights as possible. If you don't have something, then it doesn't need protection. See, we're clever that way.

"This decision, in fact, threatens to throw us back to the middle ages," Bush asserted. "Do Americans want to live in a time like 1215? Scary. That King John could have used some people like Cheney and Yoo."

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