JOSE PADILLA UPDATE….This is really a disgrace: the Supreme Court has declined to hear Jose Padilla’s case contesting the power of the federal government to detain U.S. citizens as enemy combatants.

Aside from the substantive issues at stake, the trial record made it crystal clear that the Bush administration has been playing games with Padilla solely for the purpose of creating legal technicalities that would prevent the Supreme Court from hearing his case. Even if the court doesn’t care about Padilla, they sure ought to care about the executive branch playing transparently disingenuous games to flout the authority of the judicial branch.

The court should have taken the case. Not only is it an important issue that needs to be settled, but the Bush administration needs to be sent a message that the Supreme Court doesn’t appreciate being screwed around with. They blew it on both counts.