Obama: Court Decision Helps Reestablish U.S. Credibility

Barack ObamaBarack ObamaSocial Security to run dry three years sooner than expected: study Former CIA chief shuts down Trump's calls for waterboarding Clinton camp: Trump's fundraising 'bragging is total bunk' MORE applauded the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday establishing that prisoners in Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detention in civilian courts.

Obama attacked John McCainJohn McCainMcCain wants hearings on lifting of military's transgender ban Needed: a presidential candidate that can pass the ‘burning house test' Group hopes to have independent candidate by end of July MORE for supporting the "failed policy" of creating a "legal black hole" enacted by the Bush Administration.

"This is an important step toward reestablishing our credibility as a nation committed to the rule of law, and rejecting a false choice between fighting terrorism and respecting habeas corpus," Obama said.

"The fact is, this Administration's position is not tough on terrorism, and it undermines the very values that we are fighting to defend. Bringing these detainees to justice is too important for us to rely on a flawed system that has failed to convict anyone of a terrorist act since the 9-11 attacks, and compromised our core values."

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