Enemy Combatant Detainees: Habeas Corpus Challenges in Federal Court [Updated April 7, 2009] [open pdf - 739KB]
This report discusses past and recent developments of habeas corpus challenges in Federal Court. "In March 2009, the Obama Administration announced a new definitional standard for the government's authority to detain terrorist suspects, which does not use the phrase "enemy combatant" to refer to persons who may be properly detained. The new standard is similar in scope to the "enemy combatant" standard used by the Bush Administration to detain terrorist suspects. The standard would permit the detention of members of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and associated forces, along with persons who provide "substantial support" to such groups, regardless of whether such persons were captured away from the battlefield in Afghanistan."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33180