In a move that gives Bush some but not all of what he wants:
Hours after Bush went to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to back his own proposal for putting terrorism suspects on trial, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the bill which it said would provide suspects more legal rights.
The bill also resisted Bush's bid to more narrowly define the Geneva Conventions' standards for humane treatment of prisoners, which Bush had said was essential to continue the CIA's program to get valuable information from detainees.
The committee bill -- pushed by chairman John Warner of Virginia and fellow Republican heavyweights John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina -- cleared the committee 15-9 with support from Democrats and Maine Republican Susan Collins.
The committee's bill still faces a tough fight. It was unclear whether it would reach the Senate floor, as Republican leader Bill Frist of Tennessee could instead offer Bush's bill, which he supports.
But with support from Democrats and moderate Republicans, Warner, McCain and Graham could pass amendments to implement key parts of their plan opposed by Bush.
The bill which passed the committee would require that defendants have access to classified evidence used against them, limit the use of hearsay evidence and restrict the use of evidence obtained by coercion.
Now what? I understand that Graham is a JAG lawyer and very proficient in military law, is this something that he will give on? As for McCain I think he has his own demons to deal with here that have nothing to do with George Bush. Warner surprises me, however.
Just one Minute has an interesting post up on this and the battle for the NSA program.
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