"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Delaware Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden asked Deputy Associate Attorney General J. Michael Wiggins whether the Justice Department had "defined when there is the end of conflict."
"No, sir," Wiggins responded.
"If there is no definition as to when the conflict ends, that means forever, forever, forever these folks get held at Guantanamo Bay," Biden said.
"It's our position that, legally, they can be held in perpetuity," Wiggins said.
From Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Scalia, J., dissenting:
The very core of liberty secured by our Anglo-Saxon system of separated powers has been freedom from indefinite imprisonment at the will of the Executive.
The Rude Pundit has more. And, props to diarist RichardG at DKos for the reminder about Scalia's comment.