Potomac Institute for Policy Studies CEO Michael Swetnam comments on the latest controversy surrounding US counterterrorism policy in a report produced by Voice of America. As VOA News reports, the Obama administration's desire to try terrorism suspects in US civilian courts has ignited fresh debate over whether terrorism should be treated as an act of war or a criminal act. That question was also articulated by moderator Michelle Van Cleave at the Institute's January 29 terrorism review seminar held at the Brookings Institution, which was covered by VOA. Swetnam argues that while terrorist acts certainly have a criminal aspect, "We should not let the consideration that it is a criminal act prevent us from using our war powers when necessary and vice versa." Click here for text and video versions of the full report.