In a shocking display last week of respect for the rule of law, the Supreme Court held last week that the President did not have dictatorial powers to detain people at will and hold them for life without trial. In doing so, Justice Anthony Kennedy joined with the four “rule of law” justices in finding that the Guantanamo prisoners did have the right to challenge their detentions.
The four right-wing dissenters angry denounced the decision. If you don’t give the President the extra-constitutional power to detain anyone at will, Scalia huffed, “it will cause more Americans to be killed.”
Hitler, Stalin and other dictators have made the exact same argument as Scalia.
While Benjamin Franklin said, “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.”
So which is more important, the security of tyranny or the danger of liberty?
Who is right?
Scalia and Hitler?
Or a tenuous majority of the Supreme Court and Benjamin Franklin?
It may be the most important debate of our time.
Guest Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief Legislative and Policy Council of the American Civil Liberties Union
How much damage can the Bush Administration still do in its waning days?
Will they be prosecuted when the seven months and nine days are up?
ALSO how Obama can stop Iran from being a nuclear power without use of arms.
The secret: Iranians really like us…DESPITE Bush.
Mark gives the Inside Scoop into the rarefied, self-obsessed inner world of talk radio, where:
— Dick Cheney is still a hero,
— statist conservatives call themselves “libertarians,”
— the “rich old white male” is the only American that matters,
— and Barack Obama is a closet terrorist.
Guest: Bishop Harry Jackson, co-author of Personal Faith, Public Policy
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