Supreme court rejects Bush terror powers

The supreme court yesterday rolled back the sweeping powers appropriated by the Bush administration in the war on terror, ruling it could not order military trials for Guantanamo detainees without the protections of the Geneva Convention and US law.
The 5-3 decision in the case brought by Salim Ahmed Hamden, the driver for Osama bin Laden, was seen as a rejection of the central premise that Mr Bush as wartime president has legal authority that exceeds the powers of international treaties, US courts, and Congress.
In compelling the administration to comply with the Geneva Convention at its war crimes trials, the court also implicitly outlawed some of the other controversial practices in the war on terror such as torture and rendition, lawyers for the 460 detainees at Guantanamo said.
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