Statement by ABA President William H. Neukom on Ruling by Supreme Court of The United States in Boumediene Et Al v. Bush, President of The United States, Et Al
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 12, 2008 — Today’s ruling reaffirms the vision of our founders, and helps restore the credibility of the United States as a leading advocate and model for the rule of law across the globe. It will solidify our relations with other nations, and will protect Americans abroad. The American Bar Association cares deeply about protecting our national security, while preserving the liberties enshrined in our Constitution. Habeas corpus is the cornerstone of the rule of law in the United States. Adhering to this fundamental tenet of our legal system will simply require that we provide a fair process for determining which detainees should continue to be detained. U.S. courts have risen to the challenge of hearing cases involving national security for more than 200 years. They can and will continue to do so.