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September 28, 2006

Bruce Ackerman writes about the ‘enemy combatant’ legislation currently pending before Congress (and most likely about to be passed):

[It] not only authorizes the president to seize and hold terrorists who have fought against our troops ‘during an armed conflict,’ it also allows him to seize anybody who has ‘purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.’ This grants the president enormous power over citizens and legal residents. They can be designated as enemy combatants if they have contributed money to a Middle Eastern charity, and they can be held indefinitely in a military prison.” Read the rest of this entry »