Tom Delay wants to revamp the courts and hold judges accountable for not bowing to the political needs of the legislature. President Bush is asserting his executive authority to detain Muslims indefinitely without charges and without representation. It is time for the judicial branch to step up and defend us before Congress and the Bush administration erode all our civil liberties and turn the judiciary into a puppet of corporate and political America.
There is a group of lawyers who are doing just that. The Center for Constitutional Rights lists more than 200 attorneys who are working on 140 Guantanamo prisoners’ habeas corpus petitions and “challenging the government to explain why it is holding them.” Read more about these attorneys and their clients in the Monterey Herlad.