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Friday, December 06, 2002
Click here to read, in PDF, the recent decision in the Jose Padilla case where a judge ruled that an American citizen can be held as an enemy combatant, although still would have the right to legal counsel.
What I find more interesting than the decision is how few are questioning how the Bush Administration wants to hold one person they alledge is a member al-Qa'ida indefinitely as an enemy combatant while engaging in a criminal prosecution of al-Qa'ida member Zacarias Moussaoui. The White House appears to be saying they are not adverse to using evidence but don't feel the lack of evidence should get in the way of them doing what they want. If Presidents are allowed to act in this way, abuse will happen and more likely than not sooner rather than later.