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    Assalamu alaikum, Gov t Defies Order on U.S. Detainee By Associated Press August 6, 2002, 3:17 PM EDT
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      Gov't Defies Order on U.S. Detainee
      By Associated Press

      August 6, 2002, 3:17 PM EDT

      http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-afghan-american-prisoner0806aug06.story?coll=sns%2Dap%2Dnation%2Dheadlines

      NORFOLK, Va. -- Citing national security, the government refused to give a
      federal judge information Tuesday about the interrogation of an
      American-born prisoner captured in Afghanistan.

      U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar had given the government until noon
      to hand over notes taken by Yaser Esam Hamdi's military interrogators and
      statements made by the Northern Alliance forces who captured him.

      But the government said a federal appeals court ruling that says courts
      must bow to concerns about national security in cases involving the war on
      terror gave it the right to defy the judge.

      The judge had asked for the material while he considers a request by
      Hamdi's attorney to release the prisoner.

      Prosecutors say Hamdi, 21, was captured while carrying a rifle and
      fighting alongside the Taliban last fall. He is being held in a brig
      indefinitely, without access to lawyers, as an enemy combatant.

      He was born in Louisiana to Saudi parents who moved to Saudi Arabia when
      he was a child.

      Frank Dunham Jr., the federal public defender fighting for Hamdi's
      release, said his client's constitutional rights are being violated.

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