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Public Statements

Defense Authorization

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. McCAIN. The individual who was an American citizen--Mr. Hamdi, the subject of the U.S. Supreme Court case--was an American citizen captured in Afghanistan; is that correct?

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Mr. McCAIN. Yet in the Supreme Court decision reference is made to an individual who was captured during World War II in the United States of America; isn't that correct? It was referenced in the Supreme Court decision.

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Mr. McCAIN. The reason why I raise the question is because the Senator from Illinois, and others, have cited the fact that Hamdi was an American citizen but captured in Afghanistan, not in the United States of America.

Yet isn't it a fact that the decision in Hamdi also made reference to a person who was apprehended in the United States of America?

This is what is bizarre about this discussion, it seems to me.

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Mr. McCAIN. So I guess my question is, it is relevant where the citizen of the United States was captured. Because the decision made reference to people captured both in the United States and outside the United States.

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