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Statement of Attorney General John Ashcroft Regarding the Padilla Case   [open pdf - 28KB]

"The Department of Justice is pleased the Supreme Court has granted the government's petition and will review the decision issued by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the Jose Padilla case. The President, acting as Commander in Chief in a time of war, determined that Padilla is closely associated with al Qaeda, an international terrorist organization with which the United States is at war, that he has engaged in conduct that constituted hostile and war-like acts, that he possesses intelligence that would aid U.S. efforts to prevent attacks by al Qaeda, that he represents a grave danger to the national security, and that it is in the interest of the United States to detain Padilla as an enemy combatant. The President's authority to designate individuals as enemy combatants is a vital part of the war on terrorism. The Court's action today provides an opportunity to reaffirm this critical authority."

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2004-02-20
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