In the case of “al Bahlul v. United States” the DC Circuit Court upheld the right of the federal government to try an al Qaeda terrorist by military tribunal and rejected the petitioner’s challenge to his conviction. Petitioner claimed that his conviction on conspiracy charges was a violation of international law because there is no crime of conspiracy in international law. The court held the conviction was in accordance with the U.S. Constitution which empowers Congress, not international law, with defining what offenses violate the law of war. The amici curiae brief filed by the Allied Educational Foundation was joined by its partner, the Washington Legal Foundation.
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