The U.S. House Rules Committee this afternoon will consider an amendment by Upstate Congressman Bob Inglis. The measure that would prohibit non-U.S. citizens from receiving protection under the U.S. Constitution, if they are deemed to be alleged terrorists.
Inglis’ amendment would be considered by the Rules Committee as part of the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2010, which is scheduled to come to the House floor this week.
“We need to be able to detain and interrogate terrorists in an appropriate setting to gain time-sensitive, actionable intelligence to prevent coordinated attacks and to protect all Americans,” says Inglis. “Under the current law, it is not clear what should be done with somebody like the Christmas Day bomber. It’s important to make a distinction between the domestic suspect and the terror suspect, because they need to be treated very differently.”According to Inglis’s office, the amendment means the U.S. Attorney General would have to consult with members of the Intelligence community, the Director of National Intelligence, CIA, FBI and Secretary of Defense to decide whether to channel the individual combatant to civilian court as a criminal suspect or to a military tribunal as an Underprivileged Enemy Belligerent (enemy combatant) under the Military Commissions Act of 2009.