On the same day a federal judge ruled that five suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay should be released for lack of evidence, Michael Mukasey, Bush’s attorney general, collapsed while giving a speech to the Federalist Society in Washington. Mukasey had been speaking for about 20 minutes about the Bush administration’s success in the fight against terrorism when he lost consciousness and was rushed to George Washington University Hospital. A statement by the Justice Department today said the former New York judge had not suffered a stroke or heart problems and that he was given a clean bill of health by doctors. He was released from the hospital this afternoon. Meanwhile, an Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal by Mukasey urges Congress to pass clear rules about who should and who should not be termed an “enemy combatant” when the enemy is not a state but a transnational organization like Al Qaeda.
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