The Associated Press is reporting that several former military generals joined with former Justice Department officials in a brief requesting that the Supreme Court reconsider a Fourth Circuit case which gave the Bush administration unprecedented authority to indefinitely detain suspected “enemy combatants” within the United States.
Former Attorney General Janet Reno and Former FBI Director William Sessions were among those who signed onto the brief. The authors argued that “This unprecedented expansion of executive authority within the borders of the United States is not only at odds with more than 200 years of history, but it is wholly unnecessary. The federal government is eminently capable of both protecting our nation's security and safeguarding our proud tradition of civil liberties.”
To learn more about the case, which centers around the five year detention of Qatari citizen Ali al-Marri, you can read our earlier blog post here.