Tuesday, January 16, 2007
A last-minute addition to bill makes civilians eligible for courts-martial
United Press International
U.S. civilians can face military trials
Jan. 15, 2007 at 10:31AM
Pictured Sen. Lindsey Graham.
A last-minute addition to a federal spending bill at the end of the last U.S. Congress now makes civilians eligible for military courts-martial.
With the addition of just five words, the provision sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was signed into law by President Bush, and makes civilian government employees and journalists eligible for prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Washington Post reported Monday.
"Right now, you have two different standards for people doing the same job," Graham said. "This will bring uniformity to the commander's ability to control the behavior of people representing our country." Read the rest here