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Holder insists on flexibility to terror war
Attorney general insists US needs flexibility in terror war, including use of criminal courts
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Attorney General Eric Holder says the United States must have the flexibility to prosecute terror suspects in criminal courts.

His comments Tuesday underscored the Obama administration's opposition to congressional efforts to require military custody of terrorist suspects and limit the government's authority to transfer detainees.

Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A provision in the Senate version of the defense bill would require military custody of a suspect determined to be a member of al-Qaida or its affiliates and involved in the planning or an attack on the United States. The administration says such a step would hamper efforts by the FBI or other law enforcement to elicit intelligence from terror suspects.

The administration is negotiating with members of the Senate to change the provisions.

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