President Bush Renews Focus in the War on Terror

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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?

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Guests:
Charles Babington - Associated Press - @cbabington, David Rivkin - BakerHostetler - @DavidRivkin, Mary Ellen O'Connell - Professor of International Law, Notre Dame Law School, Steve Watt - American Civili Liberties Union - @aclu

Host:
Warren Olney