In new policy, not all al Qaeda suspects to be handed over to military
February 29th, 2012
06:27 AM ET

In new policy, not all al Qaeda suspects to be handed over to military

By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer

The Obama administration on Tuesday evening issued rules that allow the president to limit the instances in which foreign citizens suspected of links to al Qaeda must be handed over to the military for trial.

After an intense political struggle in December, Congress reached agreement with the White House to approve the National Defense Authorization Act by granting the president the power to waive the military custody requirement when "it serves U.S. national security interests."

The unsigned, 11-page policy directive issued by the White House and released by the Justice Department declares President Barack Obama and his national security team must have the flexibility to confront a "diverse and evolving threat"

"A rigid, inflexible requirement to place suspected terrorists into military custody would undermine the national security interests of the United States, compromising our ability to collect intelligence and to incapacitate dangerous criminals," the directive says.


Filed under: Al Qaeda • Justice Department • Obama • Terrorism
soundoff (3 Responses)

    well spoken

    February 29, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  2. the real deal

    thats just great the great and all powerful lord obama will now decide what to do with his muslim buddies

    February 29, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
  3. mipolitic

    thats odd , how can the al qaeda idiots be handed over to the military when it is the military who detains them , perhaps i am only thinking that the al qaeda idiots will be dead because of that big hammer in the sky effect and all the usa military does after that is detain the bodies for identification if they can find anything .

    February 29, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply

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