Civil Liberties in Crossfire in the War on Terror

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President Bush wants suspected terrorists tried by secret, military tribunals instead of American courts, without appeal and only the President deciding who goes to trial. Meanwhile, with hundreds already under detention, anonymously and without being formally charged, the Justice Department plans to begin eavesdropping on prisoners and their attorneys. While some find such measures unconstitutional and un-American, others defend them in times of war. We speak with attorneys and civil libertarians about constitutional freedoms and the civil rights of suspects as America pursues its war on terrorism.
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Aviation Security Act (S1447)

American Civil Liberties Union

Duke University's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security

US Department of Justice

Washington Legal Foundation

Understanding Islam and Muslims



Warren Olney