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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
Citation:542 U.S. 507 (2004)
On September 11, 2001, the al Qaeda terrorist network used hijacked commercial airliners to attack prominent targets in the United States. In response, Congress passed a resolution authorizing the President to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks. The President then ordered U.S Armed Forces to subdue al Qaeda and quell the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Yaser Esam Hamdi, born an American citizen, but resided in Afghanistan was captured and turned over to the U.S military. The Government called him an “enemy combatant” and detained him without formal charges or proceedings.
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