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On the Thompson Memo, Terrorist Surveillance, and the Detainee Act

By Arlen Specter

Friday, September 15, 2006
NACDL White Collar Crime Seminar--Washington, DC

I am pleased to be with you. There are three subjects I’d like to touch on relatively briefly and reserve time for questions and answers. I make it a point whenever I start a speech to take my watch off and put it prominently on the podium to give my audience a false sense of security that I’m paying attention to the time.

On Tuesday we had the hearing on the Thompson Memorandum, and yesterday we reported out legislation on the president’s Terrorist Surveillance Program. Today we’re tackling the legislation on military tribunals and what to do to comply with Hamdi v. Rumsfeld. These are all front-range burners. Part of my interest in speaking is to get some thinking that will come up in the Q&A session.
The Thompson Memorandum is really to me surprising and shocking, that the government would consider charging based on whether you waive the attorney-client privilege and whether corporations agree not to pay cou

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