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White House Pushes New Plan for Prosecuting Terror Suspects


The Bush administration has proposed a new plan to create military commissions to try suspected terrorists held by the U.S. military.

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales outlined the plan before a Senate committee Wednesday, saying the draft legislation could permit the use of coerced confessions and prevent the accused from seeing classified evidence being used against them.

The legislation is in response to the June Supreme Court ruling saying that President Bush overstepped his constitutional powers when special military tribunals were established to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The new plan for special military courts has drawn criticism from top military officials and U.S. senators, who say it could deny defendants protections guaranteed by U.S. civilian and military courts.

Some U.S. senators have called for terror suspects to face the military's court martial system. However, the proposed measure says a court martial is not practical, because it could require the government to share classified information.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .

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