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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Bush Administration Pursuing Detainee Legislation

From the Washington Post:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday the administration is pursuing legislation that would authorize the same military tribunals the Supreme Court last month called illegal.

In an interview on C-SPAN, Gonzales confirmed the administration had drafted a proposal that would allow indefinite detention of suspected terrorists. The draft is now being circulated among military lawyers for comment.

"There may be instances where it is impractical to bring someone to trial within 120 days or a short period of time," Gonzales said.

Gonzales also confirmed the administration was considering a system that would allow reliable hearsay evidence when prosecuting terror suspects. Defendants also would be barred from their own trials if it necessary to protect national security.

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--Tom Hayes


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