Debate on House Counter-Terrorism Bill

March 20, 1996

The counter-terrorism bill passed in the House yesterday is called weak by Clinton after a bipartisan coalition voted to remove clauses in the bill they believed would have given federal law enforcement agencies too much power. However, it weakens the access of convicted citizens to Habeas Corpus. Guests Landano and Hagin argue about the importance of the right to Habeas Corpus, both in Mr. Landano’s personal case, and for the entire criminal justice system. Mr. Welch argues that the bill deals with many issues tangential to security, but does not provide the necessary funds to law enforcement agencies to actually prevent acts of terrorism. Mr. Gess defends the bill by claiming it only raises the standard for Habeas Corpus, without making it unattainable.

Segment Subjects (keywords for the segment): Counter-terrorism Bill, Habeas Corpus, Oklahoma City Bombing


- Jimmy Landano–(incarcerated wrongly incarcerated for killing a police officer),
- Leslie Hagin–(Legislative Director of National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
- Bud Welch (father of a victim of Oklahoma City bombing),
- Nick Gess–(Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Justice Dept.)