Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
The Supreme Court's habeas hearing

Afew months after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. government transported almost 700 suspected terrorists who had been captured abroad to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, where the Bush administration assumed -- wrongly -- that they would have no opportunity to challenge their confinement in a U.S. court. But what if the alleged enemy combatants had been deposited somewhere else -- say, in a prison under the control of the CIA in Egypt or Poland? Last week, the Bush administration's lawyer tried to convince the Supreme Court that the 300-some remaining detainees might as well be in Egypt or Poland because Congress has excluded Guantanamo from the reach of a federal statute...