Fun for "enemy combatants"
From today's Boston Globe: ("Court says military may hold citizens: Panel finds broad powers for president during warfare")
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court yesterday upheld nearly unlimited power for President Bush to order the capture of US citizens, and any others found among enemy forces overseas, and to detain them indefinitely while the war on terrorism continues.And so on. Sigh...
In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on military detentions since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, dismissed a constitutional challenge waged on behalf of a captured citizen, Yaser Esam Hamdi, refusing to examine the reasons for holding him.
Hamdi has been held since he was taken prisoner with Taliban forces in Afghanistan in November 2001. He has been charged with no crime and has been held without any legal rights. His case is in court only because his father hired a lawyer to challenge his detention.