Presidential Powers in the War on Terror

The two Supreme Court cases in the discussion ask for comments on the president’s power to authorize military commissions to handle trials of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Military base. You can re-read pages 656-657 in your text. Discuss the importance of the Hamdan v. Rumsfield (2006) case, which narrowed the president’s authority to act unilaterally, and the case of Boumediene v. Bush (2008), which ruled on the Military Commission Act of 2006. Boumediene is found in your text on page 669.

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