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Supreme Court rejects civil-rights challenge of spy court powers

The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a case that challenged how the government spies on terror suspects in America, a blow to people who say the administration has used the Sept. 11 terror attacks to encroach on personal freedoms. It was the first terrorism appeal to reach the high court. The justices will have other opportunities to hear cases set in motion by Bush administration efforts to give law enforcers latitude to track and hold potential terrorists. Issues that have inspired the court challenges include government spying, secret detentions, confidential deportation hearings, imprisonment of wartime prisoners without lawyers and access to suspected foreign terrorists held at undisclosed overseas locations. The administration has argued in courts that national security justifies aggressive terror-fighting strategy, and judges have only limited authority to interfere. Full Story

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