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— May 7, 2004

Can the commander in chief ‘detain’ the constitution indefinitely all by himself?

In situations where the government is on a war footing, you have to trust the executive.�Deputy Solicitor General Paul Clement, arguing for the government before the Supreme Court, April 28.

[If the government prevails, the Supreme Court] would allow the president unlimited power to imprison any American, anywhere, at any time, without trial, simply by labeling him an “enemy combatant.”Jennifer Martinez, arguing for Jose Padilla before the Supreme Court, April 28

Nat Hentoff has an excellent column in The Village Voice on the detainee cases available here.


Can the commander in chief ‘detain’ the constitution indefinitely all by himself?

In situations where the government is on a war footing, you have to trust the executive.�Deputy Solicitor General Paul Clement, arguing for the government before the Supreme Court, April 28.

[If the government prevails, the Supreme Court] would allow the president unlimited power to imprison any American, anywhere, at any time, without trial, simply by labeling him an “enemy combatant.”Jennifer Martinez, arguing for Jose Padilla before the Supreme Court, April 28

Nat Hentoff has an excellent column in The Village Voice on the detainee cases available here.

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