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Week of 8.3.07

Guantanamo Justice?

We look at a strong blow to the Bush Administration's detainee policy, and the military lawyer who dealt it. This week David Brancaccio talks with Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift, whose Supreme Court victory on behalf of his client, a Guantanamo Bay detainee, successfully challenged the Bush administration's detainee policy.

"He took for himself the power of being the legislature, the power of being a judiciary, and the power of being an executive. He became a king in this small sphere," Swift said of Bush's policies.

Swift's stunning Supreme Court win also laid the foundations for the current Congressional debate over how to try those accused of terrorism. Will this development in the war on terror deliver swifter justice or false hope?

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