Rules for Military Tribunals


Guests:

William J. Haynes II
*General Counsel at the Defense Dept. (chief lawyer who crafted the rules for the Defense Department)

Douglas Kmiec
*Dean and St. Thomas More Professor of Law at Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
*Former constitutional legal counsel to President Reagan

Eric Muller
*Legal Historian and Law Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill *Author, Free to Die for Their Country (University of Chicago, 2001)

John Keegan
*Defense Editor, Daily Telegraph in London

Laurence Ferlinghetti
*Co-owner, City Lights Book Store in San Francisco, Calif.
*Joins Neal Conan to talk about Allen Ginsberg's book Howl)

When President Bush signed an executive order last November setting up military tribunals for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, he faced a storm of criticism that the rights of suspects would be violated. Now, the rules for conducting the tribunals have been announced. What do they mean for the hundreds of detainees in Cuba and Afghanistan and how will the affect the war on terrorism? Neal Conan and guests discuss the new regulations and how they'll be carried out in this hour of Talk of the Nation, from NPR news

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