DOJ.: Detainees have no right to challenge detention in court

DOJ.: Detainees have no right to challenge detention in court

November 13, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) --  The Bush administration says prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay have no right to challenge their detentions in civilian courts.

In documents filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, the Justice Department argues that lawsuits by hundreds of detainees should be dismissed. It also defends the military's authority to arrest people overseas and detain them indefinitely.

It says giving military detainees access to civilian courts would "severely impair the military's ability to defend the country."

It's the first time that argument has been spelled out since President Bush signed a law last month that sets up military commissions to prosecute terrorist suspects being held in U.S. prisons abroad.

Human rights groups and attorneys for the detainees say the law is unconstitutional.

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