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Hamdi Arguments

NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports from Richmond, Virginia, on the detention of a U.S. citizen captured with the Taliban in Afghanistan last year. Yasser Esam Hamdi has been labeled an "enemy combatant," by the Justice Department. They say this means he is not entitled to normal constitutional protections -- like meeting with his lawyer. A Federal Appeals Court has heard arguments, and its decision could set an important precedent in the war on terror's affects on civil liberties.

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Jennifer Ludden helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk, working with NPR staffers and a team of public radio reporters across the country. They track the shift to clean energy, state and federal policy moves, and how people and communities are coping with the mounting impacts of climate change.