Sunday, March 26, 2006

Justice Scalia On Gitmo...

You can click into MSNBC's article about Justice Scalia, but here is the essence of what you need to know:

"The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments in a big case: whether to allow the Bush administration to try Guantánamo detainees in special military tribunals with limited rights for the accused. But Justice Antonin Scalia has already spoken his mind about some of the issues in the matter. During an unpublicized March 8 talk at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, Scalia dismissed the idea that the detainees have rights under the U.S. Constitution or international conventions, adding he was "astounded" at the "hypocritical" reaction in Europe to Gitmo.

"War is war, and it has never been the case that when you captured a combatant you have to give them a jury trial in your civil courts," he says on a tape of the talk reviewed by NEWSWEEK. "Give me a break."

Challenged by one audience member about whether the Gitmo detainees don't have protections under the Geneva or human-rights conventions, Scalia shot back: "If he was captured by my army on a battlefield, that is where he belongs. I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son and I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it's crazy."

Scalia was apparently referring to his son Matthew, who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Scalia did say, though, that he was concerned "there may be no end to this war."
Duh, yeah, betcha it WAS his son, Matthew that he was referring to. The loons are screaming that he should recuse himself, but that's nothing short of full frontal balderdash. The man is allowed an opinion, and if you compare what he's said to what Joannie Ginsburg has spouted, there isn't any contest. Moonbats are praying...yes, they DO pray...that Scalia backs away from this contest and lets the lefty Justices to take this one on, bit Antonin doesn't back away from anything.

Thanks to Stop The ACLU for sending along the MSNBC story. For me, MSNBC loads so slowly it's barely worth the wait, but if you've a speedier connection then by all means.

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