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Six Detainees Soon May Face Military Trials

President Bush today designated six captives suspected of involvement in terrorism as eligible to be tried before military tribunals, setting in motion the process that officials say will soon lead to the first use of such tribunals by the United States in more than 50 years. Mr. Bush’s action was the opening step required under rules he first put forward in November 2001, shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Some administration officials said the military tribunals would probably begin dealing with cases before the end of the summer and would meet at a specially constructed secure courtroom at the United States naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. “Things will start to move rather quickly now,” a senior military officer said. The announcement of the president’s action was made at the Pentagon, where officials declined to name the captives eligible to be tried or say where they are being held or what crimes they may be charged with. The tribunals can be used to try only noncitizens. Full Story

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