The U.S. Senate has a adopted a bill that will allow military commissions to try terrorists captured on the battlefield rather than be tried by federal courts. The Lieberman-Graham Amendment on Military Commissions was sponsored by U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-Connecticut) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The purpose of the bill is to acknowledge the war against terror and treat members of Al Queda and other terrorist organizations as combatants.
According to Graham, “Our nation is engaged in a deadly conflict with a dangerous enemy. These are not common criminals who robbed a liquor store. They are warriors committed to their cause which is the destruction of our nation.” Lieberman says the military commission, “surpasses the standards of fundamental fairness and due process required by our own Supreme Court and the Geneva Conventions”.