Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Katie Couric; John Stainton, Steve Irwin's manager; David Bellamy, founder of the U.K.'s Conservation Foundation; Energy analyst John Kilduff; Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY); Sen. John Warner R-VA); President Bush; Barbara Olshansky, Assistant Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Brig. Gen. James C. Walker.

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NOAH ADAMS, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Noah Adams, and these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Ms. KATIE COURIC (Anchor, CBS Evening News): For now, all I have to say is, I'm Katie Couric, thank you so much for watching, and I hope to see you tomorrow night.

Mr. JOHN STAINTON (Steve Irwin's Manager): He possibly died instantly when the barb hit him, and I don't think - I hope he never felt any pain.

Mr. DAVID BELLAMY (Founder, Conservation Foundation, U.K.): He desperately believed that all the animals in this world should have space available to them, so they can go on doing the jobs they do in giving the wonderment to people that could never see them otherwise.

Mr. JOHN KILDUFF (Energy Analyst): The estimates for this field range from three billion barrels to 15 billion barrels of oil. If it's even just the three, that would allow us to get 400,000 barrels a day for the next 20 years, which is what we're getting out of Prudhoe Bay right now.

Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat, New York): And at that the center of so many of the wrong calls, the missed judgments, the strategic blunders, has been the secretary of defense.

Senator JOHN WARNER (Republican, Virginia): This debate in a way is a blanket attack on our president, as to his choice and his constitutional right to select his own cabinet.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: These are dangerous men with unparallel knowledge about terrorist networks and their plans of new attacks. The security of our nation and the lives of our citizens depend on our ability to learn what these terrorists know.

Ms. BARBARA OLSHANSKY (Center for Constitutional Rights): What the president is calling the CIA program throughout this speech is really the license to torture and abuse people. And that's what has happened. And that's what he's asking for now in this new legislation.

President BUSH: So today I'm sending Congress legislation to specifically authorize the creation of military commissions to try terrorists for war crimes. My administration has been working with members of both parties in the House and Senate on this legislation. We put forward a bill that ensures these commissions are established in a way that protects our national security, and ensures a full and fair trial for those accused.

Brigadier General JAMES C. WALKER: I'm not aware of any situation in the world where there is a system of jurisprudence that is recognized by civilized people where an individual can be tried without - and convicted without seeing the evidence against him.

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