Military Commissions Act of 2006: Background and Proposed Amendments [September 8, 2009] [open pdf - 505KB]
From the Summary: "This report provides a background and analysis of military commissions rules under the MCA. After reviewing the history of the implementation of military commissions in the 'global war on terrorism,' the report provides an overview of the procedural safeguards provided in the MCA. The report identifies pending legislation, including Senate-passed S. 1390, and describes proposals suggested by the Obama Administration. Finally, the report provides two charts comparing the MCA with proposed legislation. The first chart describes the composition and powers of the military tribunals, as well as their jurisdiction. The second chart, which compares procedural safeguards under the MCA with those established for courts-martial as well as proposed amendments to the MCA, follows the same order and format used in CRS Report RL31262, Selected Procedural Safeguards in Federal, Military, and International Courts, to facilitate comparison with safeguards provided in federal court and international criminal tribunals."
CRS Report for Congress, R40752