Friday, September 22, 2006

GOP, White House snap terror bill deadlock

The White House and GOP senators settled a disagreement Thursday on a bill setting out procedures for interrogating terror suspects and trying them in front of military tribunals.

After three days of intense negotiations, the deal satisfied the concerns of three dissenting Republicans on how the measure would affect U.S. compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

President Bush hailed the agreement, saying it will preserve the "most potent tool we have" in the war against terror -- the ability of the CIA to interrogate detainees and "get their secrets."

"The agreement clears the way to do what the American people expect us to do -- to capture terrorists, to detain terrorists, to question terrorists and then to try them," said Bush.



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