9th Circus at it again

As usual, their ruling does not make any sense:

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday for the first time that prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (search) in Cuba should have access to lawyers and the American court system.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ (search) 2-1 decision was a rebuke to the Bush Administration.

The administration maintains that because the 660 men held there were picked up overseas on suspicion of terrorism and are being held on foreign land, they may be detained indefinitely without charges or trial.

The Supreme Court last month acide whether the detainees, picked up in Afghanistan and Pakistan, should have access to the courts. The justices agreed to hear that case after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the prisoners had no rights to the American legal system.

The San Francisco appeals court, ruling Thursday on a petition from a relative of a Libyan the U.S. military captured in Afghanistan, said the Bush administration’s indefinite detention of the men runs contrary to American ideals.

“Even in times of national emergency β€” indeed, particularly in such times β€” it is the obligation of the Judicial Branch to ensure the preservation of our constitutional values and to prevent the Executive Branch from running roughshod over the rights of citizens and aliens alike,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the majority.*snip*

Hoookay. How do these guys get the same rights we do when they are not even Americans? I predict this will be overturned – IIRC, about 65% of the 9th Circus’ rulings are overturned. Any guesses as to why?