Court: Bush can't detain "enemy combatant" indefinitely

A blow to the president's claim of war-on-terror powers.

Published June 11, 2007 5:09PM (EDT)

"In the United States, the military cannot seize and imprison civilians -- let alone imprison them indefinitely." -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, holding 2-1 today that Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, held without charges for more than four years as an "enemy combatant," must be released, deported or turned over to the civilian law enforcement system.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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