Bringing the Nation Back on Track

SCOTUS reminds POTUS what America is fighting for

Although legal observers on both sides of the argument had fretted over the distinction—or lack thereof—between the rights of citizens and noncitizens, the Court ultimately found a way to promote fairness as a basic human value. It left the details of new procedures to the executive, but it left no doubt as to the shift in principles that would be required from now on.

None of the justices disputed that the commander in chief should wield extraordinary power in a time of war and terrorism. But in nearly one voice, they urged that a democracy depends not just on the strength of its leader, but on a system that holds that leader accountable to the principles of the people.

Research assistance: Alexander Provan

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