A Man with a Flashlight


Democrats begin to redeem themselves…
March 31, 2007, 8:20 pm
Filed under: Hell, Let's Call it Torture, Politics

Somehow I missed this. There are currently two bills before congress which would make the executive accountable for unlawful detention and restore habeas corpus.

The Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007 would restore detainees’ right to habeas corpus, restrict the definition of ‘unlawful combatant’ to the 9/11 plotters and fighters actually on the battlefield, and, according to the ACLU’s summary here, forbid confessions under torture in proceedings against detainees and prevent the executive from rewriting torture laws.

The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act seems to be a sort of Restoring the Constitution Act Lite – it would simply repeal the provisions of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 which removed habeas corpus.

The bills were sponsored by Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) in the Senate, and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the house. Is it a New England thing?

Amend the law. Then close Guantanamo. It’s a democracy thing.

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