NCC hails court rebuff of Bush's detainee policy

Calls for restoration of rule of law to Guantanamo
The National Council of Churches said the Supreme Court ruling last month barring the use of military commissions to try detainees held at Guantánamo Bay is “a reasoned affirmation of what people of faith have been trying to communicate to the White House for years.

“Any effort to deny the rule of law to accused individuals, no matter how grievous the charges, is a denial of the most fundamental expression of American democratic ideals,” the ecumenical agency said in a statement issued after the June 29 court ruling.

The court, on a 5-3 vote, repudiated the Bush administration’s plan to put ten of the approximately 450 detainees being held at the Guantánamo Bay prison facility on trial before a military commission.


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