Friday, September 15, 2006
Bush Detainee Trial Legislation
Here are 2 articles about Bush and his demand for certain terror-detainee legislation. What Bush wants is the Senate to pass a bill like a House-passed one that would allow his administration to continue holding and trying terror suspects before military tribunals. The Senate is refusing to pass such legislation. What is important to note is that Senator John Warner and other GOP senators as well as Colin Powell, Bush's first secretary of state, are opposed to the Bush plan.
Senate Panel Defies Bush on Terror
By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY
WASHINGTON Sep 14, 2006 (AP)— A rebellious Senate committee defied President Bush on Thursday and approved terror-detainee legislation he has vowed to block, deepening Republican conflict over terrorism and national security in the middle of the election season.
Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia, normally a Bush supporter, pushed the measure through his Armed Services Committee by a 15-9 vote, with Warner and three other GOP lawmakers joining Democrats. The vote set the stage for a showdown on the Senate floor as early as next week.
In an embarrassment to the White House, Colin Powell Bush's first secretary of state announced his opposition to his old boss' plan, saying it would hurt the country. (Read full article)
Bush Prods Congress to Pass Terror Bills
By TERENCE HUNT, AP
WASHINGTON (Sept. 15) - Facing a GOP revolt in the Senate, President Bush urged Congress on Friday to join in backing legislation to spell out strategies for interrogating and trying terror suspects, saying "the enemy wants to attack us again."
"Time is running out," Bush said in a Rose Garden news conference. "Congress needs to act wisely and promptly."
Bush denied that the United States might lose the high ground in the eyes of world opinion, as former Secretary of State Colin Powell suggested.
"It's unacceptable to think there's any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective," said Bush, growing animated as he spoke.
Bush's comments came a day after Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee broke with the administration and approved a bill for detention and trial of foreign terrorism suspects. Bush claims the measure would compromise the war on terrorism.
He is urging the Senate to pass a bill more like a House-passed one that would allow his administration to continue holding and trying terror suspects before military tribunals.
Bush said he would work with Congress to resolve the disputed language, but stood firm on his demands. (Read full article)
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