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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:30 AM
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Justices Erase Ruling That Allowed Detention
Source: NY Times

The Supreme Court on Friday erased a lower-court ruling on perhaps the most fundamental national security question of all: Does the president have the power to order the indefinite military detention of legal residents of the United States?

The courts action, which had been urged by the Obama administration, wiped away one of the Bush administrations greatest victories in the lower courts, a 2008 ruling that expanded the limits of executive authority to combat terrorism by allowing such detentions.

But the one-paragraph Supreme Court ruling leaves open the question of whether the military detention of legal residents as enemy combatants can ever be constitutional. The ruling came in the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a citizen of Qatar who was lawfully in the United States as a student when he was arrested in 2001. The court, which had agreed to hear Mr. Marris challenge to his detention in December, said it would not hear the case after all in light of his indictment last week on criminal charges in federal court.

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The government has said Mr. Marri is a sleeper agent of Al Qaeda. But it has not come forward with evidence to back up that assertion, a burden it will now face in federal court.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/07/washington/07scotus.h...
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