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Courts Reject Bush Post-9/11 Measures

HeadlineDec 19, 2003

The Bush administration’s post 9/11 anti-terrorism tactics were dealt a double blow by federal courts Thursday. In New York a federal appeals court ruled the government can not detain U.S. citizen Jose Padilla indefinitely without pressing charges against him or allowing him access to the courts. Padilla has been held incommunicado as an enemy combatant on a South Carolina naval brig for over a year and half. No charges have ever been filed against him and he is barred from seeing his lawyer. Hours after that ruling came down, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled the government’s treatment of foreign detainees at Guantanamo Bay was unconstitutional and a violation of international law. In addition on Thursday the Inspector General’s office of the Justice Department released a detailed report describing rampant abuse of 9/11 detainees inside a government-run detention center in Brooklyn. We’ll have more on all of these stories in a few minutes.

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