It's a scathing and welcome rebuke to Bush-era detention policies: The court ruling that
then-Attorney General John Ashcroft can be sued for violating the
rights of U.S. citizens after 9/11 by ordering arrests on material
witnesses without probable cause. Even better: the decision in favor of Kansas-born
Muslim convert Abdullah Kidd was issued by the 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals, all appointees of Republican presidents.
The panel called the detention policy "repugnant to the Constitution, and a
painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our