White House threatens veto over detainee policy

November 17, 2011 - 1:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's senior advisers are threatening to recommend a veto of a sweeping defense bill if the Senate fails to change or kill provisions on the handling of terrorist suspects.

In a statement Thursday, the White House said it supports the bill but objects to many provisions dealing with detainees. The statement came as the Senate began work on the $662 billion bill.

The bill would require military custody of a suspect deemed a member of al-Qaida or its affiliates and involved in plotting or committing attacks on the United States. The Obama administration argues that military custody would hamper the FBI and other law enforcement agencies seeking intelligence from terror suspects.