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Friday, November 16, 2012

Senate committee voted to grant military complete control over al Qaeda suspects
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On November 16, 2011, the Senate Armed Services Committee agreed to a detainee provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, which governed the handling and prosecution of suspected al Qaeda detainees. Subsequent to the adoption of the provision, the military would have complete control and custody over terror suspects, and the Attorney General would decide whether the suspects should be tried in civilian or military courts. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) protested the much-debated provision, claiming that the US was sacrificing civil liberties in exchange for security.



Learn more about counterterrorism measures from the JURIST news archive, and read an overview of The Legacy of 9/11 in Features.




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