Former Bush Advisers: For Terror Trial Options, Two Is Better Than One


“This rush to military commissions is based on premises that are not true. I think it is neither appropriate nor necessary to limit terrorism cases to either military commissions alone or federal trials alone.” - John B. Bellinger, top legal adviser to the National Security Council and State Department under President George W. Bush, in the Times. Though leading Republicans are calling for all foreign terrorism suspects to be tried before military commissions, security officials from the Bush administration are warning that the removal of the criminal justice option would “weaken the government’s hand.” [NYT]