The recent Supreme Court ruling reinstating habeas corpus for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a step back in the right direction. Although the justices were deeply split in the 5-4 decision, the usual group headed by Justice Antonin Scalia stood with the Bush administration against the decision.

Scalia played the fear card when he wrote, "(The decision) will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed." This fear-mongering rhetoric has lost its luster and is indicative of the futility of the administration's cause. True to form, the conservative ideologues on the Supreme Court continue to favor denying due process to anyone the administration decides is a terrorist regardless of the facts.

However, as has been shown, there are people being detained at Guantanamo Bay who have later been released because they were not the terrorists the administration originally said they were.

Eugene Trousdale

Salt Lake City