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Kirk Seeks Military Commissions for Terror Suspects

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    Illinois Senator Mark Kirk explains why he'd like to see Military Commission trials for foreign terrorists. (Published Monday, Jul 11, 2011)

    Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk introduced legislation Monday requiring military commission trials for all suspected foreign terrorists.

    Kirk's bill is a reaction to the transfer of Somalian Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, who was recently transfered to New York for a civilian trial on terrorist charges.

    The legislation would allow the military trials for enemy combatants seized on foreign soil who weren't fighting for a country, similar to how Al Qaeda suspects were treated.

    Kirk criticized Pres. Barack Obama for not consistently applying the use of the military trials.

    "He (Warsame) is clearly not a prisoner of war, he is not a civilian criminal defendant. He is under international law an enemy combatant, and should be under the War on Terror be sujected to a military commission," Kirk says.

    Kirk's legislation is part of Military Tribunals for Terrorists Act, which has passed in the House of Representatives.