Bush Seeks More Anti-Terrorist Power for Feds


From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON—On the eve of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush is urging that law enforcement authorities get the same powers to investigate and prosecute suspected terrorists as they already have to combat drug-traffickers, embezzlers, mobsters and other criminals. [?]

For example, suspected drug traffickers are presumptively denied bail in some cases but those provisions don't apply to suspected terrorists, the administration argues. Similarly, the death penalty applies to crimes such as sexual abuse and drug-related offenses, but not to some terrorist crimes. Also, provisions for administrative subpoenas that are available in medical fraud cases and more than 300 other instances do not apply to terrorism, [White House press secretary Scott] McClellan said.