WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the president may order that people picked up in the United States be detained indefinitely and without criminal charges.
The court, in an order released Friday, is undertaking a fresh review of the Bush administration's aggressive use of preventive detention for suspected terrorists.
The administration asserts that the president has the authority to order the military to detain anyone suspected of being an al-Qaida member.
The administration's policy is being challenged by Ali al-Marri, a Qatar native who is the only enemy combatant seized and held on U.S. soil.
The government says al-Marri is an al-Qaida sleeper agent.
Al-Marri, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, says he cannot be imprisoned without charge or trial. He was arrested in Peoria, Ill.