September 29, 2006

Did You Notice What We Lost?

Senate’s passage of detainee bill gives Bush a win (Boston Globe)

“We can just pick up somebody on suspicion [and] hold them forever,” said Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We’re about to put the darkest blot possible on this nation’s conscience. . . . We’re exporting freedom across the globe, but we’re cutting it out in our own country. What hypocrisy.”

The habeas corpus amendment failed, 51 to 48, with four Republican senators — Chafee and John E. Sununu of New Hampshire among them — joining all but one of the Senate’s Democrats on the losing side. […]

“It will grant the president the privilege of kings, allowing him to imprison any critics as alleged enemy combatants, never to see the inside of a courtroom or to have the chance to challenge their detention or their treatment,” Warren said. “What would we say if another country passed a law making it legal to snatch US citizens and detain them indefinitely?”

The habeas corpus part of that bill was to provide habeas corpus. That didn’t pass, but the bill has passed.

So, you’ll be hearing all about how the Democrats wanted to vote for terrorist rights in the next month. And we’re stuck with this horrible law.

If that wasn’t bad enough, watch this video of some reporting on CNN of what else was hidden in this bill. The president has pardoned himself for all possible war crimes.

Have a terrific weekend.

Posted by James at September 29, 2006 8:07 AM
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Here's a good New York Times editorial that summarizes this modern edition of the Alien and Sedition acts. Shameful.

Posted by: Mike at September 29, 2006 8:39 AM

Once again Chafee proves that a) he has values and b) he votes his conscience. I'll have no problem connecting the arrow (the wierd way we vote in RI) for him in November, no matter how much blogosphere yellow-dogs try to bully me into voting for a stand-for-nothing stuffed shirt with a D next to his name.

Posted by: DG at September 29, 2006 9:22 AM

I could just cry.

Posted by: leslie at September 29, 2006 11:20 AM

I've wanted to cry all day. I can't believe what has happened to our country. And as a person who has publicly, by name, stood up to this administration and its policies, the thought that I can be labelled an "enemy combatant" and tossed into a dark cell somewhere makes me literally sick to my stomach. (And yes, I mean "literally" in the true, "literal" sense, I just about puked on a curb today on the way to work.) I cannot believe our country has signed on to do exactly what we have pointed out as unjust and inhumane when China and the USSR did these things.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at September 29, 2006 11:57 AM

You would have thought that THIS was the ideal time for a fillibuster. But they can't do that. They'd look weak on terror. And then they wouldn't get reelected.

Posted by: briwei at September 29, 2006 12:49 PM

Terror...that's what I felt this morning when I tuned into NPR

I'm not terrified over the thought of a bombing happening here, but I scared senseless about policies and laws that hack away at our liberties and pave the way for further wrongful detention and torture.
Can we battle THAT sort of terror instead?

Posted by: Sharon at September 29, 2006 5:51 PM

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