Congress needs to act quickly on Gitmo
The Bush Administration needs to have a quick talk with Congress in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that the administration cannot try detainees at Guantanamo in military tribunals.
The court ruled 5-3 that the tribunals President Bush intended to use to try some of the 450 detainees at Guantanamo violated U.S. and international law. The majority said Congress had not given Bush authority to create a special form of military tribunal.
Bush critics have touted the ruling as a blow to the administration, and it may be, but the justices didn't close the door on dealing with the greater issue which is what to do with the 450 individuals who even today repeatedly try to harm the guards at Gitmo.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., Thursday filed legislation that would give congressional blessing to military tribunals and provide due process guidelines for trying military combatants.
That should answer the court's key objection. It also should seek to resolve issues of international law and the Geneva Convention. We're all lucky the court didn't shut Guantanamo down or rule that the fanatics we have there deserve the same legal protections as American citizens.
Imagine the Zacharias Moussaui trial times 450.
Let's hope Congress moves quickly.