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Justices to Hear Case of Citizen Held as Enemy

The Supreme Court, significantly expanding its review of the Bush administration’s treatment of those deemed “enemy combatants,” agreed Friday to hear a challenge by an American of Saudi descent, Yaser Esam Hamdi, to his open-ended confinement at a military brig in South Carolina. A federal appeals court ruled last year that regardless of citizenship, a person “captured in a zone of active combat” in a foreign country could not gain access to court to contest the factual basis for his detention. Mr. Hamdi was fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan in late 2001, the government says, when his unit surrendered to the Northern Alliance, with which American forces were aligned. He has been held for two years without charges and, until last month, without access to a lawyer. Full Story

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