Lockup knockdown

Reason
by Jacob Sullum

06/13/07

The PATRIOT Act, passed a month and a half after Al Qaeda’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, gave the attorney general the authority to detain aliens suspected of terrorism for up to seven days before charging them or seeking their deportation. But according to the Bush administration, this provision was unnecessary. By the administration’s account, the president already had the authority to detain not just aliens but citizens, not just for a week but for life, based on his own determination that they qualify as ‘enemy combatants.’ Rejecting this theory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has struck a blow for due process and the rule of law, both of which are threatened by President Bush’s assertion of the king-like power to lock people up at his discretion and throw away the key...

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