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Lawyers for Jose Padilla, a US citizen facing terrorism charges, has accused Washington of playing games with the nation's courts by repeatedly changing its reasons for holding the former Chicago gang member as an "enemy combatant".
Jose Padilla, a US citizen held for three years as an enemy combatant suspected of plotting a dirty bomb attack in the United States, has been charged with conspiring to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas.
A US federal judge has ordered terrorism suspect Jose Padilla to be released within 45 days.
The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Constitution forbids the Bush administration from holding its citizens indefinitely and without access to lawyers when they are classed as "enemy combatants".
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has asked the US Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that an American citizen accused of plotting with al-Qaida could not be detained as an enemy combatant.

Once touted as major advances in the US war on “terrorism”, a number of high-profile cases have later fallen short.

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