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Rasul v. Bush
On June 28, 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal courts have jurisdiction to hear challenges to the U.S. military's decision to detain captured Taliban and al Qaeda fighters at the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While permitting such challenges to proceed, the Court did not rule on whether the detainees possess any rights under the U.S. Constitution, or whether their detention was in any way improper. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief in support of the U.S. government. WLF had argued that federal courts are not open to overseas aliens who challenge their detention by the U.S. government. The detained fighters' cases will now return to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. WLF has pledged to continue its involvement in the case, to support the military's right to keep captured Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in detention while hostilities continue.
Case Status:
Loss.
More Information and Downloads:
3/3/2004: Download the Brief
10/25/2002: Download the Brief

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