Gonzales Questions Habeas Corpus By Robert Parry 19 Jan 2007 In one of the most chilling public statements ever made by a U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales questioned whether the U.S. Constitution grants habeas corpus rights of a fair trial to every American.
Military tribunals In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Chief Justice John Roberts was part of a unanimous panel overturning the district court ruling and upholding military tribunals set up by the Bush administration for trying terrorism suspects known as enemy combatants. Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph, writing for the court, ruled that Hamdan, a driver for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden,  could be tried by a military court because: 1. the military commission had the approval of Congress; 2. the Third Geneva Convention is a treaty between nations and as such it does not confer individual rights and remedies enforceable in U.S. courts; 3. even if the Convention could be enforced in U.S. courts, it would not be of assistance to Hamdan at the time because, for a conflict such as the war against al-Qaeda (considered by the court as a separate war from that against Afghanistan itself) that is not between two countries, it guarantees only a certain standard of judicial procedure without speaking to the jurisdiction in which the prisoner must be tried.
The court held open the possibility of judicial review of the results of the military commission after the current proceedings have ended.  This decision was overturned on June 29, 2006 by the Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision, with Roberts not participating due to his prior ruling as a circuit judge.
(R) Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at "Red Mass" brunch. Undergrad: College of the Holy Cross Law School: Yale Law School in 1974.
Antonin Scalia at "Red Mass" brunch. Schools: Xavier High School, Undergrad Georgetown University, 1st in his class, and Summa cum laude at Harvard Law School.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (CAS '57) speaks about the importance of protecting Jesuit and Catholic identity at Georgetown on Monday.
(Peter Pace) is a 1992 graduate of the Georgetown Leadership Seminar of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
The Jesuits coincidently end up teaching The United States military leaders.