Supreme Court Considers Whether US Courts are Open to Americans Held by Military in Iraq

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Supreme Court (AP) The Supreme Court today hears arguments in a case that tests executive branch authority and the right of certain detainees to get access to U.S. courts.

Two Americans who are being held by the military in Iraq want U.S. courts to keep them from being transferred to Iraqi custody.

The Bush administration says U.S. courts are powerless to intervene because the men are being held by international forces, not the U.S. military.

The Associated Press filed a brief in the case, asking the court to reject the administration's arguments. The AP has been fighting the detention of photographer Bilal Hussein for two years without charges.