Monday, June 11, 2007
Presidential authority and "Enemy Combatants"
From the New York Times:
Court Says Military Cannot Hold 'Enemy Combatant'
By ADAM LIPTAK
Published: June 11, 2007
In a stinging rejection of one of the Bush administration’s central assertions about the scope of executive authority to combat terrorism, a federal appeals court ordered the Pentagon to release a man being held as an enemy combatant.
“To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians," Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote, “even if the President calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country.”