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13 June 2008


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Supreme Court Says Guantanamo Inmates Can See a Judge -- On a 5-4 decision in Boumediene v. Bush, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that the “illegal enemy combatants” being held by the US military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention before a US federal judge. This doesn’t mean that the detainees get to go free; that will be decided by District Court judges. Nor does it mean that the president doesn’t have the right to detain these people. It does mean that the 700-year-old right of habeas corpus still applies in the US.

Senior Tory Resigns to Fight 42-Day Terror Law -- Regular readers of this journal will know that the British Conservative Party is held in rather low regard here. However, this journal is endorsing the candidacy of arch-Tory David Davis, MP, in the upcoming Haltemprice and Howden by-election. He has resigned from that seat in order to use the resulting by-election campaign to challenge a proposed increase the time a terror suspect can be held without charge to 42 days from 28 days. Mr. Davis said, “I will argue this by-election against the slow strangulation of fundamental British freedoms by this government.” Quite right, what can’t be proved after 28 days probably can’t be proved after 42.

Abu Dhabi Buying New York’s Chrysler Building -- With oil prices at current levels, some countries are awash with cash. Abu Dhabi, part of the United Arab Emirates, is one of them. The Abu Dhabi Investment Council, which handles most of the funds for the country, has been talking to TMW, the German arm of an Atlanta-based investment fund, about buying a three-quarters stake in the Chrysler Building in New York City. Economic nationalists may shriek, but this isn’t the same as selling off control of US ports. In fact, the US has seen this before, and it’s no big deal.

China Issues Rules to Foreigners for Olympic Behavior -- The Communist government in Beijing has just issued rules for visitors who will be attending the Olympics. “A guide to Chinese law for Foreigners coming to, leaving or staying in China during the Olympics” could have been a helpful little guide, a friendly reminder of different codes of conduct that apply. Sadly, it seems more proof positive that the ChiComs remain totalitarians despite having Kentucky Fried Chicken and designer labels.

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