Pushing the Limits

How the Bush Administration is stretching the legal boundaries for terrorism suspects

Since 9/11, the Administration has deployed aggressive legal and tactical tools to track and hold terrorists. The approach has been criticized in Congress and in the courts.

Enemy Combatants

• CONTROVERSY After 9/11, the Bush Administration asserted that the President had the power to name suspected terrorists captured by the U.S. "enemy combatants" without due process of law and detain them indefinitely. That designation deprives them of protections guaranteed to prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions.

• WHERE THINGS STAND In 2004 the Supreme Court rejected the Administration's argument of Executive authority and gave enemy combatants held at the U.S....

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