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(CNN) -- Monday Supreme Court's rulings on cases stemming from the U.S. war on terror drew widespread reaction from legal and political quarters Monday. (Monday's rulings)

General reaction

  • "Today's historic rulings are a strong repudiation of the administration's argument that its actions in the war on terrorism are beyond the rule of law and unreviewable by American courts." -- Steven R. Shapiro, director of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • "The Supreme Court's verdicts show that, contrary to what the administration believes, we can have both security and liberty. Congress should now enact legislation that reflects the court's carefully balanced decisions on liberty and security. The Judiciary Committee ought to hold hearings immediately to begin the process of enacting legislation." -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York
  • "There is clear repudiation of the government's absolute position that the courts have no role. The Supreme Court did offer the executive a real change to balance how much procedure the detainees would get, it's not that they have all the rights of a US citizen in every court case, but it does absolutely reject the presidents claim that it is only his choice who gets to go to court and when." -- Thomas Goldstein, Supreme Court appellate attorney
  • Yaser Esam Hamdi case

  • "As 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 and abuse of others who do not present that sort of threat." -- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
  • "This detention falls squarely within the federal government's war powers, and we lack the expertise and capacity to second-guess that decision." -- Justice Clarence Thomas
  • "Whoop-dee-ding! They did the right thing. The court had to stand up for Hamdi. It's about all of us. You can't have a situation where the president can lock someone up and they can't have the opportunity to be heard." -- Frank Dunham, Hamdi lawyer
  • Guantanamo detainees

  • "By the expressed term of its agreements with Cuba, the United States exercises complete jurisdiction and control over the Guantanamo base, and may continue to do so permanently if it chooses." -- Justice John Paul Stevens
  • "The Supreme Court has not closed the doors of justice to the detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. This is a major victory for the rule of law and affirms the right of every person, citizen or non-citizen, detained by the United States to test the legality of his or her detention in a U.S. Court." -- Michael Ratner, president, Center for Constutional Rights
  • "Today, for the first time in two years I have hope. This is a great day for justice. I hope that I will hear from my son soon and can tell him that with this historic decision fair proceedings will start and that all innocents will be released from U.S. custody in Guantanamo." -- Rabiye Kurnaz, mother of one of the detainees
  • Jose Padilla case

  • "Today the Supreme Court did not rule that the president has the authority to detain an American citizen on American soil. What they did was delay the inevitable -- that Padilla must be charged with a crime." -- Donna Newman, Padilla attorney

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