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Monday, February 14, 2011

President Bush issued executive order establishing military commissions

On February 14, 2007, President George W. Bush issued an executive order establishing military commissions for enemy combatants held by the US. The order was issued under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, allowing authorities to proceed with trials for terror suspects detained at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. The order was meant to facilitate formal review of the charges against three re-charged Guantanamo detainees. The original charges against the three were dropped after the US Supreme Court ruled the original military commissions system was unconstitutional without Congressional authorization.



Learn more about military commissions from the JURIST news archive.




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