President Bush has repeated his challenge to Congress to establish military tribunals for suspects in the war on terror. Will the new rules prevent torture and guarantee fair trials? Can the President change the subject away from Iraq before the November elections? Plus, the dispute continues over the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. Was it a White House conspiracy? Does it still matter?
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President Bush today repeated his challenge to Congress to give him the tools he says he needs to try notorious suspects in the war on terror. In his fourth speech of a series leading up to September 11, he referred again to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the attacks on New York and Washington five years ago. The President may be trying to divert attention from the war in Iraq, but he was full-throated today about the need to "stay the course." Just nine weeks before the November elections, Democrats and Republicans now have to talk about something other than the war in Iraq. Will the latest White House version of military tribunals guarantee fair trials? What's the difference between what the President calls an "alternative set of interrogation procedures" and torture? Will the CIA be held to the same standards as military personnel?
Charles Babington, Associated Press (@cbabington)
David Rivkin, writer and attorney (@DavidRivkin)
Mary Ellen O'Connell, Professor of International Law, Notre Dame Law School
Steve Watt, Staff Attorney, American Civili Liberties Union
A new book by two Newsweek investigative reporters claims to report "what was really behind the US-led invasion of Iraq." It reveals the original source for the newspaper column that outted Valerie Plame Wilson and describes what she really did at the CIA. Hubris describes what it calls the President's "visceral hatred of Saddam Hussein," Colin Powell's lingering bitterness over false statements he made to the UN Security Council and efforts by the Vice President's office to find evidence to justify the war. The authors of the book are Michael Isikoff and David Corn.