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Courts test U.S. strategy in legal war on terror

Challenges to Bush administration’s tactics are ‘coming to a head’ as detainees say government has scrapped liberties in the name of security. The Bush administration’s legal war on terrorism faces a series of critical tests in the coming months as federal courts examine some of the most controversial aspects of the White House’s strategy. The key question for the courts is whether President Bush, in the name of protecting national security after the 9/11 attacks, went too far by denying U.S. citizens and non-citizens some of the most fundamental rights the Constitution gives to the accused. With a series of legal challenges to such policies at turning points in federal courts, ”things are finally coming to a head,” says Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The administration’s policies — along with plans to use military tribunals to try some terrorism suspects — have been criticized by foreign governments and civil liberties advocates. Full Story

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