US Government Documents
Joint Resolution 23: Authorization for Use of Military Force
18 September 2001
* US Congress authorises the use of force against 'those nations, organizations, or persons' that planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, or [that] harbored such organizations or persons'
Detainee Treatment Act
30 December 2005
* The Act severely limited the rights of Guantnamo detainees to seek judicial review of their detention.
Military Commissions Act
17 October 2006
* The Act stripped the US courts of jurisdiction over all appeals in relation to any aspect of detention or treatment of all non-citizen detainees determined to be 'enemy combatants' or 'awaiting such determination'.