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U.S. to Let Lawyer to See 'Enemy Combatant' Padilla

The Pentagon said on Wednesday it will allow “dirty bomb” suspect Jose Padilla access to a lawyer for the first time since being placed in a military brig in June 2002. Padilla, a U.S. citizen held in a suspected plot to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the United States, has been designated as an “enemy combatant.” A former Chicago gang member, Padilla has been locked up in a military brig in Charleston, South Carolina, without access to lawyers and without any charges brought against him. The Department of Defense “is allowing Padilla access to counsel as a matter of discretion and military authority. Such access is not required by domestic or international law and should not be treated as a precedent,” the Pentagon said in a statement. Full Story

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