That "mistake" was treating him like a serious criminal, tossing him in jail and planning a trial.
Nevertheless, Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Bennett (R-UT) and John Ensign (R-NV) are pushing legislation that would require civilian authorities to consult with intelligence leaders when taking an accused terrorist into custody.
"[This] legislation would not deprive the President of any investigative tool," Sen. Lieberman's Web site claims. "It would not preclude a decision to charge a foreign terrorist in our military tribunal system or in our civilian criminal justice system."
In a response, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, fired back: "It is extremely disturbing that members of the U.S. Congress are essentially calling for Obama administration officials to discard the Constitution when a terrorist suspect is apprehended – as if the Constitution should be applied on a case by case basis."Read More