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Military Commissions Act of 2006

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The Military Commissions Act ("MCA") was passed by the 109th Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2006. This Act authorized "trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes." The passage of this Act followed the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. 

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In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the military commissions envisioned by President Bush need Congressional approval partially due to their violation of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.


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