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THE CONSTITUTION AND "THE LONG WAR"

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Both civilian and military experts estimate that America’s present war against Muslim extremism will last a generation, with a persistence of hostile rhetoric accompanied by sudden acts of violence and small scale insurgencies like the ones we are still fighting in Iraq and, with renewed vigor, in Afghanistan. If we are indeed in an age of persistent conflict, can we maintain the Constitution’s prized balance of power, or must the executive, in a permanent state of emergency, have expanded power to act without significant participation by Congress or the courts? ABC News Justice Correspondent Terry Moran will explored this fertile territory with former Army vice chief of staff General Jack Keane, Yale Law School Professor Bruce Ackerman, and Brigadier General H. R. McMaster.

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Bruce Ackerman, is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, and has written 15 books that have had a broad influence in political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy. He also contributes frequently to The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He was a lead witness for President Clinton before the House Judiciary Committee’s Impeachment Hearings, and a principal spokesman for Al Gore before the Florida legislature during the election crisis of 2000.

Jack Keane a four-star general, completed 37 years in public service in December 2003, culminating as Acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. As the chief operating officer of the Army for 4.5 years, he directed 1,500,000 soldiers and civilians in 120 countries. General Keane was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and provided oversight and support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He serves as a national security analyst for ABC News and speaks throughout the nation on national security and leadership.

Brigadier General H.R. McMaster has served in numerous command and staff positions in armor and cavalry units in the United States and Germany. He served as director of the Commander’s Advisory Group for the commander of the U.S. Central Command from 2003 to 2004. His military decorations include the Silver Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart Medal. McMaster received his B.A. from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984, and holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Terry Moran was named co-anchor of ABC News ’Nightline’ in October 2005, where he has led the program’s distinguished coverage of several major news stories in the last few years. Since October, he has also been the network’s Supreme Court correspondent. In the historic presidential campaign of 2008, Moran traveled across the country chronicling the rise of Sen. Barack Obama. Before joining ABC News, Moran was a correspondent and anchor for Court TV. Moran has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic Magazine, where he began his career in journalism.