U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer just sent shockwaves through Washington, DC. His quitting decision has surprised everyone, and it comes with a twist.
Breyer has revealed through a dissenting opinion that the Supreme Court should re-examine permanent detention of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay — with an eye towards ultimately ending the practice.
His dissenting opinion was attached to the case brought by Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi, who has been held at the prison facility for 17 years; the Supreme Court denied his appeal.
Breyer wrote that it’s “past time to confront the difficult question” of permanent detention of terrorists, which is a shocking statement in and of itself.
He continued: “Al-Alwi faces the real prospect that he will spend the rest of his life in detention based on his status as an enemy combatant a generation ago.”
This is one of the many reasons why having President Trump is so important. Should Breyer choose to retire, he can nominate a conservative like Neil Gorsuch or Brett Kavanaugh to replace him.
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