Thursday, July 06, 2006

US birthday

Dear friends and readers,

I've returned after a quiet spell in various stages of recovery from the fixed squares in June. But I'm back, feeling well and beginning to look around on our country's birthday.
I did take heart on June 29 when the Supreme Court handed the administration a defeat in stating that the rule of law must apply and that the U.S. cannot hold military commission to try detainees at Guantanamo. Lawyer Barbara Olshansky from the Center for Constitutional Law called it an "astounding decision" that implies that "the entire structure of the war on terror is unlawful." (Common Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions does indeed apply to protect detainees.)
The decision (according to the New York Times, “a definitional moment in the ever-shifting balance of power among the branches of government”) came within a few days of the June 22 Jupiter square Saturn (9º Scorpio/Leo), an aspect that will repeat on October 25 (at 23º Scorpio/Leo). Now, Jupiter is retrograde and in the fall both planets will be direct. The Court decision was not unanimous (5-3), and Congress will next have a say in the matter, but, at least for now, it appears that the voices of restraint (Saturn) and wisdom (Jupiter) have spoken.