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Terrorist or Maneater?

johnoates.jpgThe conservative Fourth Circuit, in a harsh rebuke of the Bush Administration, ruled yesterday that the U.S. government could no longer harbor enemy combatants without being charged. This ruling was limited – it didn’t touch on the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay – but the three-judge panel did hold that enemy combatants could not be held on American soil indefinitely without being charged of a crime and given their Constitutional rights to a fair trial.

The ruling constitutes the latest blow to Bush’s anti-terrorism strategy. “This is a landmark victory for the rule of law and a defeat for unchecked executive power,” Jonathan Hafetz, said in a statement. “It affirms the basic constitutional rights of all individuals — citizens and immigrants — in the United States.”

Most importantly, the ruling means that the man pictured above — Ali al-Marri, a.k.a. John Oates, the silent member of the 80s pop duo, Hall & Oates – can now bring his case to a court of law. If he succeeds on the merits, America may once again be blessed with the unique fusion of rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues, the so-called Rock and Soul sound that dominated the pop charts during the early 80s. [That’s the Philly sound, baby! — Seth]

No one quite understands the role that Oates played in the duo’s success – while many attribute their domination of the charts during their heyday to Oates bushy mustache and fashionable mullet, many fans of the group also admit that they could never even remember which was Hall and which was Oates. In either respect, the Fourth Circuit today has struck back at the Bush Administration’s harsh regime against Rock and Soul so that we may yet be blessed again with their kick-ass rendition of Jingle Bell Rock.

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Dustin- this post gave me a Friday feeling- on a Tuesday. I'm gonna race home from work, just to listen to my copy of H2O (yes, on vinyl.)
Thank you.