1. Did the Supreme Court rule correctly in this case?
I believe they did. The executive branch needed a wakeup call that the office of the president does not mean automatic carte blanche
to do whatever they want, regardless of laws.2. Will this decision weaken the War on Terrorism?
I hate to try to answer this. The “WOT” has become a bad joke. Invading countries on the whim of a power-drunk tyrant is not “fighting terrorism”. Rescinding American citizens’ constitutional rights in the name of the WOT is not “fighting terrorism”; indeed, shredding the principles this country was founded on is not “fighting terrorism”. This president has no intention of “fighting terrorism”; instead, he fosters
domestic terrorism by encouraging an “if yer not with us, yer agin us” attitude, spreading lies and strong-arming anyone who gets in the way of his vision of a new world order. 3. Will this lead to further limitations on executive power?
God, let’s hope so. But it’s a fragile hope. Already, stories are popping up about Senators working to undermine the Court’s decision. Dissenters and even some who concurred with the decision on the SC have already planted the seed.
But in a concurring opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer noted, “Nothing prevents the president from returning to Congress to seek the authority he believes necessary.”
In a joint statement, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jon Kyl of Arizona, noting Breyer’s opinion, declared their intention to “pursue legislation in the Senate granting the Executive Branch the authority to ensure that terrorists can be tried by competent military commissions.” Raw Story
I don’t know if this will shake up the American people to realize that we have not a president, but a tyrant intent on achieving absolute power (the picture of his puss on the front of the LA Times reminds me of a toddler who didn’t get his way, and I’m sure the poor schlubs who work for him got an earful about how this will NOT BE TOLERATED).
It has taken 4 years for this decision to be made. For 4 years, the detainees at Guantanamo have been held without charges, and without this decision, they may have been held for many more years. Now, at least Bush can’t get away with making up his own system of justice for those he has incarcerated...at least we can hope so.