Congress to Hold Hearings on Military Commissions, Detention
Next week looks to be a busy one on Capitol Hill. As the Obama Administration Task Force on Detention nears its initial July 21 reporting deadline, both the House Judiciary and Senate Armed Services Committees will be holding hearings on a closely related topic: legal issues surrounding the use of military commissions to try offenses against the law of war. The SASC witness list is star-studded, to include the current Defense Department General Counsel, TJAG of the Navy, and head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The House hearing, directed by the Chairman but held under the auspices of the subcommittee on the Constitution, hasn’t yet posted its witness list. The Senate goes Tuesday; the House goes Wednesday. If Michael Jackson coverage permits, should be an interesting few sessions.