President Bush has suffered a serious political blow over terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay. The Supreme Court has ruled that prisoners do have the right to challenge their detention. America’s highest court rejected a law, pushed through Congress by Bush two years ago, which removed suspects’ habeas corpus rights.
That 2006 law allowed for a review of the prisoners being called “enemy combattants,” but removed their right to challenge their detention at Guantanamo. Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled suspects do have that right, but said the court had not questioned the Bush administration’s authority to detain suspects in the first place.