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Season 2006 Episode 0327

Terrorism, Military Tribunals and the Constitution

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Terrorism, Military Tribunals and the Constitution
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A policy forum featuring Charles Swift, Lieutenant Commander, USN Military Counsel for Salim Ahmed Hamdan; and Richard Samp, Chief Counsel Washington Legal Foundation.On Tuesday, March 28, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which concerns a legal challenge to the military tribunals that are seeking to try certain prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay for war crimes. The Bush administration maintains that the president can convene military tribunals to try and punish enemy combatants for offenses against the law of war. Others dispute the idea that the president can presume to decide what rights a prisoner will have and to adjudicate the prisoner's guilt or innocence. Join the Cato Institute for a debate on these matters a day before the Supreme Court heard the controversy.moreless
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