facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Detainees taken on U.S. soil may be held

July 15, 2008 at 4:46 PM   |   Comments

RICHMOND, Va., July 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court in Virginia ruled that President George Bush can order the open-ended military detention of civilians arrested in the United States.

The Bush administration had argued that a 2001 congressional authorization to use military force after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks allowed the president to detain people living in the United States, The New York Times reported. Tuesday's decision -- a 5-4 vote of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, one of the most conservative in the country -- reverses a decision by a three-judge appeals court panel, which ruled the government couldn't hold civilians indefinitely as enemy combatants.

The day wasn't a complete victory for the Bush administration, the Times said.

A different appeals court 5-4 majority ruled that Ali al-Marri, the detainee in the case, must be given the opportunity to challenge his detention in federal court. Marri is being held in military custody in Charleston, S.C.

The Times said Marri is the only person on the U.S. mainland being held as an enemy combatant. The government says Marri, arrested in 2001 in Peoria, Ill., where he was a university student, was an al-Qaida agent sent to the United States to commit mass murder and attack the banking system, the report said.

Topics: George Bush
© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State
2
Russian currency crashes Russian currency crashes
3
Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama
4
Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles
5
Hatchet-wielding man shot dead after attacking NYC police officers Hatchet-wielding man shot dead after attacking NYC police officers
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback