Nadler Praises Supreme Court's Ruling on "Enemy Combatants"

Jun 27, 2004

New York -- Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, today hailed the Supreme Court's ruling that President Bush may not force people into prison as "enemy combatants" without the right to challenge their detention in court. Nadler's statement on the decision follows:

"The Supreme Court's decision is a reminder that the Bush Administration does not have the power to hold an American citizen in jail indefinitely without judicial review. The decision reaffirms that even in a time of war, the President does not have the authority to act as a tyrant.

"The Supreme Court has decisively repudiated President Bush's claim of power that nobody in an English speaking country has possessed since King John signed Magna Carta in 1215. It's unfortunate that we need the Supreme Court to remind President Bush that he is not completely above the law."