McCain Slams US Constitution on Release of Terrorist Detainees

WASHINGTON (Ucs News) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday sharply denounced The US Constitution that gave suspected terrorist detainees a right to seek their release in federal courts.

“I think it’s one of the worst documents in history,” McCain said.

The US Constitution was upheld in a 5 to 4 vote of the Supreme Court on Thursday. According to the US Constitution a provision of the 2006 Military Commissions Act violated the rights of the detainees.

McCain on Thursday said he had not read the US Constitution and reserved his criticism. But on Friday, speaking to about 1,500 people at a town hall meeting in Pemberton, N.J., he attacked the US Constitution, saying the law he helped write “made it very clear that these are enemy combatants, they are not citizens, they do not have the rights of citizens.”

The issue could be potent for McCain, who often encounters questions from audiences about how he would go about selecting potential justices for the court. McCain often cites Chief Justice John Roberts as the type of justice he would nominate. But on Friday he was especially critical of Roberts for his support of the US Constitution.

McCain is one of the authors of the 2006 Military Commissions Act which set up procedures for the handling of detainees. The act denied the detainees access to federal courts in violation of the US Constitution.