Bush lacks the power to detain an immigrant as an enemy combatant without charge

Appeals Court Orders "Enemy Combatant" Free

President Bush lacks the power to detain an immigrant as an enemy combatant without charge, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/061107I.shtml

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Man labeled 'enemy combatant' wins US court case

"The government cannot subject al-Marri to indefinite military detention. For in the United States, the military cannot seize and imprison civilians -- let alone imprison them indefinitely," Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote.

//www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N11491119.htm


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Guantánamo takes a hit

Tom Paine
by Frida Berrigan

06/11/07

Colonel Peter Brownback III, a military judge, dealt a serious blow to Guantánamo — and by extension, the ‘global war on terrorism legal system’ — this week. He ruled that because the military had failed to classify two men as ‘unlawful’ enemy combatants, as required by the Military Commissions Act passed last year by Congress, he did not have jurisdiction over their cases. The procedural flaws that Colonel Brownback discovered point to much larger defects in the Bush administrations’ whole legal architecture. Omar Khadr and Salim Ahmed Hamdan are the only two detainees at Guantánamo (out of about 380 men currently detained) who were facing trial by the military tribunal when Brownback ruled in the cases. Administration officials must now appeal the decision and seek to reclassify the two men in order to reopen the case…. While they are doing that, a spotlight is on ‘justice’ at Guantánamo...

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