The Blog

John Kerry: Osama Bin Laden Has Habeas Rights?

1:53 PM, Jun 17, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

On a conference call with John Kerry and Richard Clarke, Bill Sammon of the Washington Examiner asked: "They've said if UBL were captured and detained at Gitmo, Obama would want to give him habeas corpus rights. They [the McCain campaign] said that this morning. Would he? In other words should UBL have the same rights that were granted, you know, by the Supreme Court last week to other terrorists?"

Sen. Kerry replied:

Let me answer that on several levels. This is John Kerry. First of all the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that they have those rights. This is not Barack Obama. This is the Supreme Court of the United States. If John McCain were president, he would have to give them those rights. This is a phony argument. And it is typical of what the Republican playbook is, which is say anything no matter what the other side has said. Just say it. And enough people may believe it unless you folks write the truth and write it boldly and clearly.

When Kerry says that the Supreme Court has "ruled that they have those rights," is Osama bin Laden included in the word "they"? It sure sounded like it to me. Though it would be a lot easier to "write the truth and write it boldly and clearly" if Kerry's grammar were a little clearer.