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Wednesday, December 04, 2002

News on Padilla isn't that good after all:
U.S. District Judge Michael Mukasey ruled that supposed (rumored? alleged?) "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla can finally meet with lawyers. But he also said that the president's "commander in chief" hat and a few precedents from World War II trump the bill of rights when it comes to our liberties:
"The president ... has both constitutional and statutory authority to exercise the powers of commander in chief, including the power to detain unlawful combatants, and it matters not that Padilla is a United States citizen captured on United States soil,'' Mukasey wrote. -- from the NY Times.

Judge Mukasey was appointed to the District court by President Reagan in 1987. He has been involved in many of the secret detention cases since 9/11.