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Thursday, December 30, 2010

President Bush signed anti-torture legislation

On December 30, 2005, President George W. Bush signed a $453.3 billion defense spending bill, containing provisions banning the cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees in US custody. It also eliminated the ability of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to challenge their detention in federal court. In a signing statement, Bush reserved the right to construe the legislation consistent with his powers as commander in chief and responsibility for national security.

Learn more about Guantanamo Bay and the presidency of George W. Bush from the JURIST news archive.

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