The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the Bush administration for the third time on the issue of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
The justices voted five-to-four on Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba can challenge their detentions in civilian courts.
In Rome, U.S. President George Bush told reporters he will abide by the Supreme Court ruling but said, in his words, "that doesn't mean I have to agree with it."
Mr. Bush said the court was deeply divided on the issue, and he strongly agrees with those who dissented. He said his administration will study the opinion and determine whether additional legislation might be appropriate.
After the previous two rulings on Guantanamo, the White House and Congress moved to change the law in order to close any legal loopholes.
The prison opened in 2002 and holds some 270 men with alleged terror links.