A Thaw In The Legal War On Terrorism?

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments this week about whether the 595 detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba may challenge their captivity in federal court. It's one of three cases on the court's docket this month that strike at a linchpin of the Bush Administration's counterterrorism policy: that a wartime President may assert sweeping executive authority in the interest of national security. By late June, the court may issue key rulings on separation-of-powers issues, such as whether U.S. citizens can be locked up indefinitely without court review if the Pentagon deems them "enemy...

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