It’s the United States Constitution. The current Federal Administration swore oaths to uphold it.
Must have had their fingers crossed.
President Bush’s proposal to deal with suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay runs counter to the Constitution and to international conventions the country agreed years ago to uphold, political science and legal professors in Delaware and Maryland said Wednesday.
Following through on the Bush plan, which calls for military tribunals allowing evidence obtained through coercion, would cast the nation as a hypocrite in the eyes of the world, the scholars said.
“We can’t do things that violate our basic notions of law and fair play, no matter how despicable the person is,” said Mark J. Miller, a political science and international relations professor at the University of Delaware. “He or she deserves a process that is consistent with our standards.”
The professors — from UD, Delaware State University, Widener University School of Law and the University of Maryland — reacted Wednesday afternoon to the president’s revelation that the CIA has maintained secret prisons around the world and used “tough” interrogation techniques on detainees. . . .