[A]s critical as the government’s interest may be in detaining those who actually pose an immediate threat to the national security of the United States, during ongoing international conflict, history and common sense teach us that an unchecked system of detention carries the potential to become a means for oppression for others who do not present that sort of threat. Sometimes the system just works! Maybe not as well as we would like, but it is good to know it does work. (I don’t like “military tribunals” — but at least they clearly established the right to some kind of a hearing.)
UPDATE: Not everyone thinks the news was good for civil liberties.