Following the September 11 terror attacks, top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated sending American troops into the suburbs of a New York town to arrest men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, the New York Times quoted former administration officials as saying.
According to a report published on the newspaper's web site overnight Friday, some of the advisers to former US president George W. Bush, including his vice president Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.
Bush ultimately decided against the proposal to use military force and the suspects were arrested by the FBI.
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