President Bush has asked Congress to waste no time passing legislation restoring secret military tribunals to try suspected terrorists, but The Hill, a Washington D. C. magazine, says it will likely take a while.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle seem to prefer a deliberate approach. Fourth District Congressman Ike Skelton, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said:
We can and must get this right. To do so, we must look at tried-and-true existing systems of law like the Uniform Code of Military Justice that may provide a basis for a solution."
Whatever the decision is, Skelton said, it must be done on a bipartisan basis.