US war on terror must be waged legally

Tennessean
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09/17/06

It's hard for members of Congress to say no to a president of their own party when he personally comes to their offices and asks for support. The rejection is harder still when the issue is terror. Five years after 9/11, no other topic cuts so close to the bone. But the three Senate Republicans who have stood their ground, forcing a standoff with the White House, have elevated this issue far beyond partisan politics and personal favors. Their outline for an interrogation and trial process for terror suspects, beyond being effective, complies with national and international law. In contrast, the president's plan is dangerous. A bill sponsored by Sens. John McCain of Arizona, John Warner of Virginia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would allow terror suspects to be questioned and tried without subjecting them to torture and would give them reasonable access to evidence used against them...

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