The Senate has passed a bill that would allow for the indefinite detention of Americans without trial or hearing. President Obama has vowed to veto it.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted on Thursday to broaden the armed forces’ powers over suspected militants, requiring that foreigners allied with al Qaeda be held in military custody even if they are captured in the United States.
The White House has threatened to veto the provisions. Members of President Barack Obama’s national security team argued that U.S. officials should keep the option of prosecuting suspected militants in civilian as well as military courts — and deciding this case by case.