Powers of Military Tribunals
Permit extended detention and questioning of Middle Easterners recently entering United States.
Slow down the process for granting visas to Muslims.
Allow monitoring of communications between people in federal custody and their lawyers.
Non-U.S. citizens charged with terrorism can be tried in the United States, overseas, or even on military ships.
Suspects brought before a tribunal will have no right to seek redress in any state, federal, foreign, or international court.
Defendants could include suspects who attack Americans or U.S. interests.
May hold and try suspects in secret, with no public scrutiny. Freedom of Information Act may not apply.
Could impose any sentence, including death, with no judicial review.
May allow conviction after a "full and fair" trial by a two-thirds majority, as opposed to unanimous verdict.
Tribunals need not obey the principles of law and the rules of evidence used in U.S. District Courts.
Only the president or the secretary of defense will have the power to overturn a tribunal's decisions.
The executive order has no apparent expiration date.
The order applies specifically to Al Qaeda.
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