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Court next front in war on terror

As the government has chased terrorists around the world since the Sept. 11 attacks, the White House and Congress have engaged in fierce debates over how to balance civil liberties with national security. But one pillar of the government has been silent–the Supreme Court, which can overrule the other two. That is about to change, as the court is expected to consider in coming months what already are being called the most important wartime civil liberties cases since World War II. In the cases of Jose Padilla and Yasser Hamdi, the justices are expected to decide under what circumstances, if any, the government can declare U.S. citizens “enemy combatants” and lock them away with no constitutional rights. In a third case involving detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the court will confront the same question about non-citizens. Full Story

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