A major U.S. newspaper says former President George W. Bush considered
testing the Constitution by using the military to arrest terror
suspects on American soil.
Citing unnamed Bush officials, The
New York Times reports then-Vice President Dick Cheney, along with
other senior advisors, advocated troops should arrest a group of
al-Qaida-linked suspects in upstate New York in 2002.
The constitution and other U.S. laws restrict the use of the military for domestic raids.
the Times says Cheney felt a 2001 Justice Department memo supported the
president's authority to bring in soldiers, rather than law
enforcement, in matters of national security.
According to the newspaper, he felt the suspects could be held in military custody with a lower threshold of evidence.
security advisor Condoleezza Rice, along with FBI director Robert
Mueller and several other top officials, opposed the plan.
Mr. Bush ultimately decided to use the FBI to arrest the suspects.
New York Times quotes a law professor saying it would have been the
first military deployment on domestic soil since the Civil War in the
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.