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Judge Rules Terror Suspect Must Be Charged or Freed

A federal judge on Monday ordered the Bush administration to either charge or release an American suspected of plotting terrorist attacks with Al Qaeda, saying that his continued confinement after nearly three years would “only offend the rule of law.” The case of Jose Padilla has drawn unusual attention because it pits the rights of a U.S. citizen against the powers of the government to fight the war on terrorism. The government contends that by designating Padi lla an “enemy combatant” — not a criminal defendant — and putting him in military custody, it can hold him without charge indefinitely. He was deemed to be an enemy combatant by President Bush in June 2002, a month after his arrest at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Officials accused him of participating in a plan to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the United States. Full Story

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