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Senate passes new rules on detainees

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Posted: Dec 15, 2011 4:44 PM
Senate passes new rules on detainees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress on Thursday approved a defense bill requiring the military to handle suspected militants allied with al Qaeda, sending it to President Barack Obama for his expected signature into law.

Final action came when the Senate approved the bill 86-13, a day after Obama retreated from a veto threat on the legislation. The administration was unhappy with the intrusion into its authority over counterterrorism matters, but relented when some of its flexibility was restored.

Other critics complained the measure allowed the indefinite military detention of terrorism suspects, including Americans.

(Reporting By Susan Cornwell; Editing by Sandra Maler)