2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Supreme Court sets up spring
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showdown over military trials PANAMA CITY, Panama
Bush calls treatment of terrorists lawful
EJustices will decide
if Bush overstepped
authority with plans for
Bin Laden's driver
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court agreed yesterday to
review a constitutional challenge to the
Bush administration's military trials for
foreign terror suspects, stepping into a
high-stakes test of the president's war-
The court's intervention is troubling
news for the White House, which has
been battered by criticism of its treat-
ment of detainees and was rebuked
by the high court last year for holding
enemy combatants in legal limbo.
The justices will decide if President
Bush overstepped his authority with
plans for a military trial for Osama bin
Laden's former driver, who is being held
at the U.S. military prison at Guantana-
mo Bay, Cuba. It would be the first such
trial since World War II.
New Chief Justice John Roberts took
himself out of the case because as an
appeals court judge he backed the gov-
ernment in the same appeal. If Bush
nominee Samuel Alito is confirmed, he
could be a pivotal figure when the case
is argued next spring.
Announcement of the court's move
came shortly after Bush, asked about
reports of secret U.S. prisons in Eastern
Europe for terrorism suspects, declared
anew that his administration does not
"There's an enemy that lurks and
plots and plans and wants to hurt Amer-
ica again," Bush said during a news con-
ference in Panama City with President
Martin Torrijos. "So you bet we will
aggressively pursue them but we will do
so under the law."
"Anything we do to that end in this
effort, any activity we conduct, is within
the law. We do not torture," he said.
Bin Laden's former driver, Salim
Ahmed Hamdan, has been in U.S. cus-
tody for four years. He and three other
terror suspects are' to be tried before
Hamdan, who was captured in
Afghanistan in November 2001, denies
conspiring to engage in acts of terror-
ism and denies he was a member of
al-Qaida. He has been charged with
conspiracy to commit war crimes, mur-
der and terrorism.
The Bush administration had urged
the high court to stay on the sidelines
until after the trials, arguing that
national security was at stake. "The
military proceedings involve enforce-
ment of the laws of war against an
enemy force targeting civilians for
mass death," Solicitor General Paul
Clement wrote in a filing.
Scott Silliman, a Duke University
law professor, said the court in taking
the case seemed to be making a state-
ment that it would "define the perim-
eters of this war and what tools the
president has available to him in this
In 2004 the justices took up the first
round of cases stemming from the
war on terrorism. Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor, who is retiring, wrote in one
case that "a state of war is not a blank
check for the president when it comes to
the rights of the nation's citizens."
Arguments in the Hamdan case will be
scheduled in time for O'Connor's succes-
sor to take part. Senate confirmation hear-
ings are planned for January for Alito,
who often has been deferential to govern-
ment in his appeals court rulings.
Hamdan is among about 500 for-
eigners who were designated "enemy
combatants" and imprisoned at the U.S.
military prison in Cuba.
Guantanamo Bay has become a flash
point for criticism of America overseas and
at home. Initially, the Bush administration
refused to let the men see attorneys or chal-
lenge their imprisonment in courts. The
Supreme Court in 2004 said U.S. courts
were open to filings from the men, although
justices may be called on to clarify the legal
rights of the detainees in a separate appeal.
"Guantanamo, in the eyes of the rest
of the world, is a blot on American jus-
tice. Around the world, this will be as
important if not more so than it is in the
United States," said Stephen Saltzburg,
a law professor at George Washington
University who filed a brief urging the
court to take Hamdan's case.
Australia arrests 16 terror suspects
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Police in Australia
arrested 16 terror suspects in a string of raids early
today and said they had foiled a major terror attack.
New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moron-
ey said 400 officers were involved in raids in Sydney
that captured six men, while nine more suspects were
picked up in the southern city of Melbourne.
"I'm satisfied that we have disrupted what I would
regard as the final stages of a large scale terrorist
attack ... here in Australia," Moroney told Australian
Broadcasting Corp. radio.
Police declined to give details of the likely target
of the attack, but Victoria state police chief Christine
Nixon said that next year's Commonwealth Games, to
be staged in Melbourne, were not a target.
"It's the largest operation of counterterrorism that's
ever been conducted in this country and it's taken us a
long period of time," Nixon told the ABC.
Moroney said chemicals which apparently could
have been used to make bombs were found during the
raids, which followed a 16-month investigation.
Rob Stary, a Melbourne lawyer who said he repre-
sented eight people arrested in the city, said most of his
clients were charged with being members of a banned
organization. The suspects were expected to appear in
courts in Sydney and Melbourne later today.
Stary said one of those arrested in Melbourne was
the outspoken radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakr, an
Algerian-Australian who in the past has called Osama
bin Laden a "great man."
Australia has never been hit by a major terror attack,
but its citizens have repeatedly been targeted overseas,
particularly in neighboring Indonesia.
Last year, the country's embassy in Jakarta was
badly damaged by a suicide bomber, and dozens of
Australians were killed in bombings in 2002 and last
month on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Prime Minister John Howard's opponents say his
President Bush defended U.S. interrogation practices yesterday and
called the treatment of terrorism suspects lawful. "We do not torture," Bush
declared in response to reports of secret CIA prisons overseas.
Bush supported an effort spearheaded by Vice President Dick Cheney to
block or modify a proposed Senate-passed ban on torture.
"We're working with Congress to make sure that as we go forward, we
make it possible, more possible, to do our job," Bush said. "There's an
enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again.
And so, you bet we will aggressively pursue them. But we will do so under
Cheney is seeking to persuade Congress to exempt the Central Intel-
ligence Agency from the proposed torture ban if one is passed by both
Police reservists to quell unrest in France
France will impose curfews under a state-of-emergency law and call up police
reservists to stop rioting that has spread out of Paris's suburbs and into nearly 300
cities and towns across the country, the prime minister said yesterday, calling a
return to order "our No. 1 responsibility."
The tough new measures came as France's worst civil unrest in decades entered
a 12th night, with rioters in the southern city of Toulouse setting fire to a bus after
sundown and pelting police with gasoline bombs and rocks.
Outside the capital in Sevran, a junior high school was set ablaze, while in
another Paris suburb, Vitry-sur-Seine, youths threw gasoline bombs at a hospital,
police said. No one was injured. Earlier, a 61-year-old retired auto worker died of
wounds from an attack last week, the first death in the violence.
Asked on TF1 television whether the army should be brought in, Prime Minister
Dominique de Villepin said, "We are not at that point."
Suicide bomber kills U.S. soldiers at checkpoint
A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle at a checkpoint south of Baghdad
and killed four American soldiers yesterday, the military said. The U.S.
command also announced five soldiers from an elite unit were charged
with kicking and punching Iraqi detainees.
The suicide attack came as U.S. and Iraqi troops battled al-Qaida-led
militants for a third day in Husaybah, a town on the Syrian border that the
military describes as a major entry point for foreign fighters. One Marine
has died there, the U.S. command said yesterday.
Prof called 'crime boss' for Islamic Jihad
A fired college professor acted as a "crime boss" for Palestinian Islamic
Jihad, a murderous gang that operated like the Mafia, a federal prosecutor told
a jury yesterday.
Although Sami Al-Arian and three co-defendants are not charged with killing
anyone, they conspired to bring about attacks and are just as guilty under the law
as the suicide bombers who carried them out, prosecutor Cherie Krigsman said in
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Police stand outside a western Sydney apartment block that was raided by police early this morn-
ing. Police in Australia arrested 16 terror suspects in a string of raids early today.
strong support for the U.S.-led strikes on Iraq and
decision to send troops there and to Afghanistan have
made it inevitable Australia will be attacked.
Just last week, Howard warned that Australian
authorities had received specific intelligence about an
attack on the country.
Also last week, the Australian Parliament approved
an amendment to the country's existing anti-terrorism
laws that allows police to arrest people involved in the
early stages of planning an unspecified terror attack.
Nixon said some of the arrests today were made pos-
sible by the new legislation.
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