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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:01 AM
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High Court to Mull 'Enemy Combatant' Rule
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 05:01 AM by God_bush_n_cheney
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether U.S. citizens arrested in America as "enemy combatants" may be held indefinitely without access to lawyers or courts, setting the stage for a major ruling on presidential powers versus civil liberties.

The justices had already agreed to consider the government's detentions of terror suspects American and foreign caught overseas and held incommunicado.


But the case of former Chicago gang member Jose Padilla is seen as the one that will set a key standard as the government pursues the open-ended war on terror: Does the threat of attack justify giving federal authorities unprecedented legal latitude to hold their own citizens?

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040221/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_enemy_combatant&cid=558&ncid=716

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