Monday, June 28, 2004

Two news updates:

The U.S. has passed sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government two days early in a bid to reduce the violence expected at the transfer. This move is probably a good idea, but it will not stop the attacks in Iraq, will not remove the "occupying" military so hated, and will not change any conditions in the nation. However, the transfer will allow Iraq to begin diplomatic efforts without going through Paul Bremer to do so.

Also, the Supreme Court ruled that the Hamdi case allows the President to hold U.S. citizens without trial, but must allow judicial review and counsel for the captive. This case is not the major one of the week as the Padilla decision is expected soon. The Hamdi case actually awarded the Executive Branch considerably less power than Bush desired by forcing constitutional protections into the equation.

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