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This essay was written in response to an invitation by the editors of the William Mitchell Journal of the National Security Forum to answer one or more of ten questions concerning national security law and policy. This essay provides the author's answer to the question: "Would President Obama have the authority to hold a United States citizen without charge in a military brig for six months if that citizen - who lives in Minnesota - is suspected of links to al Qaeda following a one-month trip to Somalia?"

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William Mitchell Law Review

Document Type



National Security Law, Military Detention, Citizenship



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