Friday, September 09, 2005

The 4th Circuit Gets It Right

In an important ruling for the war on terror, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Bush administration. The court ruled unanimously that it is permissable for the government to hold a U.S. citizen under military custody if that citizen is viewed as an "enemy combatant." The person in question, Jose Padilla, was labeled as such by President Bush back in 2002. Padilla is believed to be closely associated with al Qaeda, and was arrested in 2002 after returning from weapons and explosives training with members of al Qaeda in Pakistan.

The court's decision is a crucial one in stregthening the effort against terrorism. It ensures that the federal government will keep the authority it needs to properly pursue the war on terror, and though it may not appear to be of much consequence, the court's ruling is a great victory for the administration. Judge Michael Luttig wrote the opinion, in which he very accurately explains why the court made the right decision in this case. This is just another example of the why Luttig would make a good choice for the president in his second nomination for the Supreme Court.