2006 US Military Commissions Act

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The United States Military Commissions Act of 2006 is an act of Congress signed into law by president George W. Bush on 2006-10-17. The law can be used to detain anyone in U.S. jurisdiction, including U.S. citizens, in a military prison without access to a lawyer for indefinite amounts of time, on the mere pretext of suspicion (no evidence required). Previously, the common law principle of habeas corpus [W] prevented this.