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Rights, Liberties Groups Hail Court Defeats for Bush Anti-Terror War


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Rights, Liberties Groups Hail Court Defeats for Bush Anti-Terror War

Jim Lobe

U.S. civil liberties and human rights groups Thursday hailed the one-two punch delivered by two federal appeals courts against the Bush administration's refusal to recognize basic due-process rights of alleged U.S. and foreign detainees held as "enemy combatants" in Washington's "war on terrorism."

"Not one, but two federal courts have rebuked the President today for his belief that he should be able to lock people up without basic access to our justice and without Congressional approval," said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).