Civil Rights and National Security

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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?

Credits

Guests:
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

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Karen Radziner