John McCain has called last week's Supreme Court ruling that extends the
right to challenge one's detention to detainees at Guantanamo Bay “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."
McCain said the decision highlighted the importance of nominating conservative justices to the court. McCain explained that although he still wants to close the prison and opposes torture, the decision threatens American security.
"These are enemy combatants, these are people who are not citizens, they are not and never have been given the rights that the citizens of this country have," the Republican nominee said. I wonder how a detainee could prove he is in fact an American citizen, without the right to challenge detention.
McCain eagerly distinguished himself from Barack Obama, who supported the decision saying: “This is an important step toward reestablishing our credibility as a nation committed to the rule of law, and rejecting a false choice between fighting terrorism and respecting habeas corpus.”
Is it possible to simultaneously support the closing of Guantanamo, and detention without charge?