President Obama will be announcing later today that he will keep the military commission system used by former President George W. Bush to try suspected terrorists. The president will ask Congress to significantly expand the rights afforded to detainees. Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), John Warner (Va.), and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) proposed legislation in 2006 that could serve as a template for that expansion. The proposal, among other things, banned evidence obtained through torture, established tough criteria for admitting hearsay evidence, and give detainees the ability to pick their own lawyers. The president will request a 120-day delay in nine pending hearings before commissions so that they can change its policies and provide detainees due process. Read the full NYT article here.