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At the White House last week, President Bush signed the controversial new law on treatment of suspects in the "war on terror." It lays out new rules for interrogation, detention and prosecution. Two hours after the President signed his name, the Justice Department began telling federal judges that dozens of lawsuits filed by detainees don't belong in their courts any more because military tribunals now have jurisdiction. Lawyers for the detainees are filing arguments of their own, claiming the new law is unconstitutional. When will alleged coordinators of September 11th be brought before military tribunals? Do other prisoners now face unlimited detention without their day in court? Does the President now have sole power to tell the CIA what is torture and what's not?
Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law
Douglas Kmiec, Pepperdine University (@dougkmiec)
Carroll Doherty, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (@CarrollDoherty)
James Carafano, Heritage Foundation (@JJCarafano)
Elliot Mincberg, Vice President and Legal Director for People for the American Way
The Panama Canal can handle ships carrying 4,000 containers, but super-sized cargo vessels carry three times that many and more. Yesterday, the voters of Panama agreed to expand the canal, with work expected to begin as soon as next year. Though the turnout was low, the margin was high--with 78% of the voters agreeing to expand the Panama Canal. The project will cost at least 5.2 billion dollars, creating 40,000 jobs in a pverty-stricken country with 9.5 percent unemployment. Will that make Panama more competitive with Egypt and its Suez Canal?
Robert Wright, Financial Times
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