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Congress Will Consider Legalizing Tribunals

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Congress Will Consider Legalizing Tribunals

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Congress Will Consider Legalizing Tribunals

Congress Will Consider Legalizing Tribunals

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Senate Republicans say they are willing to work with the White House to give President Bush the authority to hold military tribunals for detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Supreme Court blocked the Bush administration's plans for the tribunals.

In its 5-3 ruling, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the Constitution gives Congress the power to make rules concerning captured prisoners, not the president.

Congress has done relatively little to affect how the White House conducts its anti-terrorism efforts. But the Supreme Court's rebuke of the administration may change that. Hearings are being planned for when Congress returns from its recess next month.