From Yahoo News:
President Bush is signing into law today new standards expediting interrogation and prosecution of terror suspects, a bill the White House says strengthens his hand in a time of war.
Bush’s plan becomes law just six weeks after he acknowledged that the
CIA had been secretly interrogating suspected terrorists overseas and pressed Congress to quickly give authority to try them in military commissions.
The bill ready for signing would protect detainees from blatant abuses during questioning ? such as rape, torture and “cruel and inhuman” treatment ? but does not require that any of them be granted legal counsel. Also, it specifically bars detainees from filing habeas corpus petitions challenging their detentions in federal courts.
Not sure what the hold up was, since this was on Bush’s desk for nearly three weeks. Hopefully this law is reviewed by the courts soon – I’m just not sure who will be able to demonstrate standing.