Department of Rumsfeld

Saturday, March 27, 2004


Bush Must Obey Rule of Law

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On June 9, 2002, as a federal judge stood ready to review whether the government had enough evidence to hold Joseph Padilla, President Bush signed an order declaring him an enemy combatant. He was taken to a naval brig in Charleston,South Carolina, where he was held incommunicado for more than 2 years until recently being allowed to see his lawyer.
A federal appeals court in New York ruled in December that only Congress has the power to order the detention of an American citizen without charges and ordered that Padilla either be charged or released.
Padilla still sits in the brig today.

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