Though George W. Bush's time in office may be nearing an end, his vision of an all-powerful presidency continues to advance with a favorable ruling from a conservative-dominated U.S. Appeals Court, notes journalist Robert Parry.
The Appeals Court in Richmond, Virginia, ruled that Bush had the right to declare Ali al-Marri an "enemy combatant" even though the Qatari citizen was arrested in Peoria, Illinois, and had engaged in no hostile act against the United States. The court's more liberal judges warned the al-Marri precedent could be used against U.S. citizens.
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Parry says the final verdict in the case may ultimately be decided in the November elections, as voters decide whether John McCain will get to fulfill his pledge to appoint more U.S. Supreme Court justices in the mold of those chosen by President Bush.
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