If there is one thing the operation against Osama bin Laden has shown, it is that the Obama administration does not feel it needs more authority to capture, detain or even kill certain terrorism suspects. Yet, while members of Congress applaud President Obama’s action, legislative proposals greatly expanding this authority are quietly making their way through Congress.
One bill, introduced by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), is set to be considered this week by the House Armed Services Committee during mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act. Another, introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), is set to be marked up in the Senate in June. Both bills would expand who the U.S. says it is at war with and mandate military detention for broadly defined terrorist suspects based on scant evidence.