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Persian Gulf / Prisoner Transfer, War Powers Act #317755

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Sep 26, 1987
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Bert Quint) United States transfer of captured Iranians to Omani officials for repatriation featured; prisoners recalled taken from seized Iranian minelaying ship in Persian Gulf recently. Details given, scenes shown. Info. gotten from prisoners noted; United States destruction of seized ship described, shown.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(DC: Robert Schakne) Senator debate over President Reagan's refusal to invoke War Powers Act in Persian Gulf examined; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Brock ADAMS - debates issue.] War Powers Act quoted on screen. [Senator Sam NUNN - notes Congress's impotence if President chooses to ignore law.] Act's history, beginning with Vietnam war, reviewed; failed Iranian hostage rescue attempt, Beirut and Persian Gulf noted exs. of incidents in which President chose to ignore law. [April 1984, REAGAN - rejects feasibility of War Powers Act.] President quoted on screen. [American Enterprise Institution spokesperson Norman ORNSTEIN - cites pols. involved.] [Senator Mark HATFIELD - defs. act's integrity, necessity.] Irony in debate considered.

Quint, Bert;
Schakne, Robert;
Schieffer, Bob

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