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Guantanamo Detention and the Writ of Habeas Corpus

Boumediene v. Bush was one of several habeas corpus cases that have come before the U.S. Supreme Court in relation to the “War on Terror.” Lahkhdar Boumediene, an enemy combatant captured on the battlefield and detained at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, petitioned to have his detention reviewed by a civilian court. The Court ruled that habeas corpus rights extended to prisoners held in places under U.S. sovereignty, whether or not the prisoners are U.S. citizens. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion: “the writ of habeas corpus became the means by which the promise of Magna Carta was fulfilled.”
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