In the last several years, the Supreme Court has decided a number of important challenges to the government’s conduct of its “War on Terror.” Brought on behalf of persons alleged to be “enemy combatants,” many of whom were detained at Guantánamo Bay, these suits challenged the prisoners’ indefinite detention, asserted their right to access federal courts, and questioned the legality of the tribunals created to adjudicate the charges against them. The debate about the detainees’ access to federal courts has continued in Congress, with the passage of the Military Commissions Act (MCA), and in the lower courts, with challenges to the MCA. This Article discusses issues surrounding litigation of these cases.
29 Cardozo L. Rev. 291 (2007)