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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:01 am 
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[url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24808102/]'Sleeper cell' case questions Bush authority
Is government stretching wartime powers in holding man without charge?

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If his cell were at Guantanamo Bay, the prisoner would be just one of hundreds of suspected terrorists detained offshore, where the U.S. says the Constitution does not apply.

But Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is a U.S. resident being held in a South Carolina military brig; he is the only enemy combatant held on U.S. soil. That makes his case very different.

Al-Marri's capture six years ago might be the Bush administration's biggest domestic counterterrorism success story. Authorities say he was an al-Qaida sleeper agent living in middle America, researching poisonous gases and plotting a cyberattack.

To justify holding him, the government claimed a broad interpretation of the president's wartime powers, one that goes beyond warrantless wiretapping or monitoring banking transactions. Government lawyers told federal judges that the president can send the military into any U.S. neighborhood, capture a citizen and hold him in prison without charge, indefinitely.

"The president is not a king and cannot lock people up forever in the United States based on his say-so," said Jonathan Hafetz, a lawyer who represents al-Marri and other detainees. "Today it's Mr. al-Marri. Tomorrow it could be you, a member of your family, someone you know. Once you allow the president to lock people up for years or even life without trial, there's no going back."

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Are they making certain that they have willfully violated every Constitutional tenet that exists?

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Are they making certain that they have willfully violated every Constitutional tenet that exists?


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I think they are attempting to give us scandal overload. There have been a continual stream Constitutional violations and outrages of every kind. The normal citizen is just numbed; even the most vigorous defender of the Constitution must feel overwhelmed. The rat bastards just never let up. It is truly a case of forgetting the original purpose was to drain the swamp when you're ass deep in alligators.

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