Britain's newest anti-terror law, the controversial Terrorism Act 2006 [PDF text; backgrounder] passed earlier this year, allows authorities to detain a terror suspect for up to 28 days without charge [JURIST report], whereas American authorities must charge or release a suspect within 48 hours under the civilian court system, although detention of so-called "enemy combatants" under the jurisdiction of the Defense Department may be much longer. Gonzales, speaking [prepared remarks] at the national Disabled American Veterans [advocacy website] convention in Chicago, suggested that a longer civil detention policy may be a possibility, but added that lawmakers will need to examine its constitutionality. The New York Times has more. The Chicago Sun-Times has additional coverage.
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