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Accused combatant allowed to see lawyers

An American citizen who was captured while fighting for the Taliban more than two years and held incommunicado by the U.S. government ever since met with his lawyers for the first time Tuesday. Yaser Esam Hamdi is one of two U.S. citizens whom President Bush has designated as enemy combatants. The administration says enemy combatants can be held without access to lawyers or the courts as long as the war on terrorism lasts — in essence, indefinitely. The hour-long meeting occurred under tight security and strict restrictions set by the military. A Navy commander sat in on the meeting, which appeared to have been videotaped, said Frank Dunham, a federal public defender in Alexandria, Va.”Mr. Hamdi now knows that he has a case in the United States Supreme Court. He now knows that his name is a significant name among people who have an interest in . . . civil liberties issues in this country,” Dunham said. Full Story

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