• 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.