29 June 2004

Recent decisions in the Padilla and Hamdi cases

SCOTUS Blog has a well-informed discussion of the Padilla and Hamdi cases. My personal reading of the recent decisions was that they allowed the current detentions. Looking at the SCOTUS discussion of the cases, I realize that the decisions being handed down are fairly complex. Even so, I feel that even those of us not adept at reading the legaleze need to educate ourselves about what's happening here. I find the idea that the executive can secretly incarcerate anyone very chilling (especially in the Bush era).