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2nd Suspect Can See Lawyer

U.S. Citizen Was Linked to Alleged Al Qaeda ‘Dirty Bomb’ Plot . The Bush administration again reversed course in a closely watched case involving an alleged terrorist, saying yesterday for the second time in two months that it would permit a U.S. citizen suspected of being involved in terrorism to consult with a lawyer. Jose Padilla has been held since May 2002, when he was arrested in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on a flight from Pakistan as a suspect in an alleged al Qaeda plot to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the United States. For most of the time since then he has been held at the naval brig in Charleston, S.C. Calling Padilla “an enemy combatant,” the Pentagon said he “will be allowed access to a lawyer subject to appropriate security restrictions.” The access is “a matter of discretion and military authority” and “is not required by domestic or international law and should not be treated as a precedent,” the Pentagon’s statement said. Full Story

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