Al-Marri And The Power to Imprison U.S. Citizens Without Charges

By Glenn Greenwald

Of all the constitutionally threatening and extremist powers the Bush administration has asserted over the last seven years, the most radical -- and the most dangerous -- has been its claim that the President has the power to arrest U.S. citizens and legal residents inside the U.S., and imprison them indefinitely in a military prison, without charging them with any crime.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20297.htm

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Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): Can the President Detain Anyone Indefinitely?
http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0717-20.htm

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Gitmo ‘Justice’ for US citizens?

Consortium News
by Robert Parry

07/21/08

A conservative-dominated U.S. Appeals Court has opened the door for President George W. Bush or a successor to throw American citizens – as well as non-citizens – into a legal black hole by designating them “enemy combatants,” even if they have engaged in no violent act and are living on U.S. soil.The federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 5-4 on July 15 that Bush had the right, while prosecuting the “war on terror,” to hold Qatari citizen (and Peoria, Illinois, resident) Ali al-Marri indefinitely as an “enemy combatant.”But some of the court’s more liberal judges expressed alarm, saying the legal reasoning that denied al-Marri meaningful due process not only trampled on American legal traditions but could be used to lock up U.S. citizens as well...

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/072108.html


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