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Bush's Combatant Policy Attacked at Legal Talks

The Bush administration’s anti-terror legal strategies, including dubbing U.S citizens enemy combatants and holding them indefinitely without charges, is coming under attack at a meeting of the nation’s largest legal group. “The (U.S. Supreme Court) Justices will have to stand up straight and tell us what kind of country we have,” James Brosnahan, a prominent criminal defense lawyer, said at a Friday session held during the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. “Can you have a U.S. citizen … declared an unlawful combatant … and have no rights, no lawyers, no access and no charges,” said Brosnahan, who defended “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh. Lindh, pleaded guilty to two charges of aiding the Taliban, and is serving a 20-year prison term. Full Story

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