Linda Greenhouse, a fabulous Supreme Court reporter for decades, has a few thoughts on Gitmo and the Supremes:
Among the things we’ll learn by the time the Supreme Court recesses for the summer is whether the justices are finished with Guantánamo.
Of course, the court won’t post a sign declaring “No más Guantánamo.” The point is that the justices are scheduled in the coming days to consider whether to hear any of the half-dozen new appeals filed in recent months on behalf of detainees at the United States naval base in Cuba. One is an appeal of a framework-shifting appellate ruling that makes it nearly impossible to challenge the validity of the intelligence reports on which the government relies for most of the continuing detentions. If the Supreme Court turns all the cases down, as is quite likely and as the Obama administration is urging, the message will be the same: We’re through. (more…)