Naturally, the Bush Adminstration wants to convict terrorists as expediently as possible, even at the risk of nailing some innocent people.
But you know what? The beauty of the US Constitution is that the Supreme Court can (and probably will) clip his wings. You guys don't have faith in our system.
The argument that our freedoms will be taken away little by little sounds good (if you're a fanatic), but is not grounded in fact. Our freedom over the years has actually increased, despite the proliferation of laws (which tend to limit freedom, as conventional wisdom goes). For every law that limits freedom, other laws are passed that guarantee some sort of remedy to injured parties.
My prediction is that the military tribunals will be limited to special cases that will be under the scrutiny of a small number of legislative and judicial overseers, to assure that any secret material is kept under cover.
One thing to remember is that the constitution was meant as the supreme law for a nation of basically law-abiding citizens. I don't think anyone then or now could have imagined the evil that we have witnessed. It literally took our collective breaths away, and we are still reeling. So a bit of emotional knee-jerking is not exactly an inhuman reaction.
Matt D, if you were president, what would you do?
"In God we trust, everyone else bring data"