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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Yaser Hamdi v. United States 

Remember Yaser Esam Hamdi? He was the guy - nay, the "unlawful enemy combatant" - our government deemed so very dangerous that he was held without process, and without access to counsel, for over two years. Then, of course, the government released him outright without charging him with any crime, rather than provide him with a hearing as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Of course, Hamdi did have to agree to certain conditions prior to his release. For instance, he was compelled to renounce his American citizenship (he was born here). Also, he had to agree not to sue the United States. And, clearly, that agreement is binding, no?

Um ... no.

 

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