Department of Defense's Implementation of the President's Military Order on Detention Treatment and Trial by Military Commission of Certain Noncitizens in the War on Terrorism, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, December 12, 2001   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "The committee meets this morning to receive testimony from the Department of Defense on the Department's plans to implement the President's military order of November 13, 2001. The President's military order relates to the detention, treatment, and trial by military commissions of certain non-citizens in the war against terrorism. Secretary Rumsfeld has been designated by the President to develop orders and regulations to carry out that military order. Last week, the Attorney General referred many questions from the Judiciary Committee about rules and procedures for the military commissions to the Department of Defense. The military order was issued by the President in the aftermath of, and in response to, the horrendous terrorist attacks on September 11 of this year. Congress, on September 14, authorized the use of all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons that planned, authorized, committed, or aided those terrorist attacks or harbored such persons or organizations. The United Nations Security Council, at the urging of the United States, reacted to those terrorist attacks by calling on all states to work together urgently to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers, and sponsors of these terrorist attacks and stresses, in the words of the United Nations resolution, that 'those responsible for aiding, supporting, or harboring the perpetrators, organizers, and sponsors of these acts will be held accountable.' On September 11, the North Atlantic Council released a statement that, among other things, said, 'Our message to the people of the United States is that we are with you. Our message to those who perpetrated these unspeakable crimes is equally clear: you will not get away with it.' For the first time in its history, NATO invoked article 5 of the Washington Treaty, which states that an armed attack on one or more of the allies in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack on them all." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul Wolfowitz; William J. Haynes; John Warner; Jeff Sessions; Edward M. Kennedy; Michael J. Nardotti; Ruth Wedgwood; Douglas W. Kmiec; Bill Baxley; Robinson O. Everett; Daniel K. Akaka; Strom Thurmond; and Carl Levin.

Report Number:
S. Hrg. 107-513; Senate Hearing 107-513
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Printing Office, Federal Digital System: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/
Media Type:
Help with citations