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Heritage Foundation Discussion on Detainee Legislation

Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation, the Defense Department’s General Counsel discussed the administration’s opposition to part of the Defense Authorization Bill dealing with the detention of terror suspects. 

The administration claims that the provisions would limit the president’s flexibility in dealing with terrorists.  This includes one provision that mandates that the prosecution of almost all terror suspects move into military courts rather than civilian courts.  The House passed a Defense Authorization Bill earlier this year that included such language, but it has stalled in the Senate because of opposition by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 1:38pm (ET)

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