FROM Carroll Doherty
Civil Rights and National Security 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?
New Leadership for America's Largest Sheriff's Department Next month, LA County voters will elect a new sheriff. We’ll talk with Jim McDonnell, the Long Beach Police Chief, who got 49.4% in the primary. Can he reform what one judge called a “corrupt culture”—infamous for the excessive force and jailhouse brutality that led to a federal consent decree?