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In quotes: Reaction to Guantanamo
Reaction to the US Supreme Court ruling that the Bush administration does not have the authority to try by military tribunal terror suspects imprisoned at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

George W Bush, US President

As I understand it - now, please don't hold me to this - ... there is a way forward with military tribunals in working with the United States Congress.

And one thing I'm not going to do, though, is I'm not going to jeopardise the safety of the American people.

I understand we're in a war on terror, that these people were picked up off of a battlefield, and I will protect the people and at the same time conform with the findings of the Supreme Court.

Neal Katyal, lawyer for detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan

I would caution those who say that this is kind of "President Bush lost today". President Bush didn't lose today; America and our founders won today, by adhering to our most fundamental values as a people.

Tony Snow, White House spokesman

There is nothing in this opinion that dictates closing down Guantanamo Bay. We're studying very careful what other implications there may be.

Michael Mori, lawyer for Australian prisoner David Hicks

It doesn't come as a shock to me. The military lawyers who have been defending the defendants at Guantanamo have been saying this all along. Any real lawyer who isn't part of the administration knows this violates the Geneva Conventions.

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl

We are disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision. ... It is inappropriate to try terrorists in civilian courts. ... We intend to pursue legislation in the Senate granting the Executive Branch the authority to ensure that terrorists can be tried by competent military commissions.

Amnesty International

Today's Supreme Court ruling blocking the military commissions set up by President George W Bush is a victory for the rule of law and human rights.

The US administration should ensure that those held in Guantanamo should be either released or brought before civilian courts on the US mainland.

Charles Samp, Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation

The decision today is a travesty in terms of the way that the court has decided to establish itself as a super-military authority and to second-guess the views not only of the executive branch but also of Congress.

Moazzam Begg, former detainee at Guantanamo

I'm wondering what sort of effect this ruling, if any, will have in the foreseeable future, because the United States have built two super-maximum security, state-of-the-art prisons, over the past two years and I don't see that as being a gesture of wanting to close the place down.

Farhat Paracha, wife of detainee Saifullah Paracha

There is no justice. They have no rights, even don't have status of prisoners of war. It reminds me the medieval era.... Really, [Guantanamo] is not serving any purpose but triggering more and more hatred.

Senator John Warner, chair of Senate Armed Services Committee

It is the responsibility of Congress to review our domestic law and how it works with international law to provide a means by which we can continue to effectively wage the war on terror and at the same time recognise the legal rights of individuals.

Jose-Luis Diaz, spokesman for United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour

On the merits, it would seem to be a vindication of the need for vigilance in the protection of all human rights, including those of persons suspected of terrorism.




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