Rich Galen

  • Hello? ACLU? Can we get a ruling here?

  • I don't see this as anything like a "sweeping rebuke" of the Bush Administration's tireless efforts to keep people from coming to America to kill us.

  • In fact, Justice Stephen Breyer, who voted with the majority, wrote in a concurring opinion, "Nothing prevents the president from returning to Congress to seek the authority he believes necessary."

  • Rather than this being an election-year slap to Republicans, I trust Speaker Dennis Hastert and House Majority Leader John Boehner already have their lawyers working on the kind of legislation Justice Breyer was writing about, and will bring it to the floor with all deliberate speed.

  • Let's see how happy the Democrats are when they have to vote on that legislation.

  • Finally, and this is crucial, the decision neither caused nor averted a "Constitutional crisis." It was simply another demonstration that, in our system, each of the Branches has a specific and equal role in maintaining a functioning society.

  • Bush didn't challenge the decision; didn't rebuke the Court; didn't threaten to ignore the ruling. In fact, according to the NY Times coverage, the President said:
    "The 'Hamdan decision was the way forward,' and that he would work with Congress to 'have a tribunal to hold people to account' while meeting the Court's directive."

  • That is the strength of our nation.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring Page today: Links to the portion of the Geneva Convention noted in the Court ruling, the Wikipedia entry to the Daniel Pearl murder; a Mullfoto which will make you happy you are not where I am; and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at