5,991. 6/28/2004

“Under enormous pressure, the U.S. Supreme Court finally reacted [in the case of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld], ruling on June 28, 2004, that fourteen Guantánamo detainees could file writs in U.S. courts and thereby challenge their indefinite detention. It was a landmark decision, although it had taken nearly two and a half years for the Court to pass the judgment. ‘A state of war is not a blank check for the President,’ said the Court ruling.” [Editor’s note: the author incorrectly identified the date of the Court hearing as June 28, 2006.]

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Page 314

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