November 25, 2011
A Senate plan requiring that all foreign al Qaeda suspects found in the United States be turned over to the military instead of civilian law enforcement could gravely damage U.S. counter-terrorism investigations, the Obama administration warned.
Top administration officials charged that the plan would set up new hurdles for U.S. investigators – particularly at the FBI and the Justice Department – and would raise questions as to how and when they must involve the military.
Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a rare display of bipartisanship, approved the provision earlier this month as part of an important defense bill. It could be voted on by the full Senate early next week.
This article was posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm