The legislation before the Senate today would ban torture, but let Bush define it; would allow the president to imprison indefinitely anyone he decides falls under a wide-ranging new definition of unlawful combatant; would suspend the Great Writ of habeas corpus; would immunize retroactively those who may have engaged in torture. And that's just for starters.The Nation: Accessories to Torture
The compromise legislation, which is racing toward the White House, authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights.
I'm outa here. Senate passes Detainee Treatment and Trials bill (S. 3930) by a vote of 65-34. Where were you when they gutted the Constitution and legalized torture?
I should modify the headline, the Republicans were worse on this but now I just don't expect anything else from them. I think they may have permanently soured me on ever voting for a Republican again. This from someone who worked on a political campaign for one last year, although in a non-partisan race and against a very sorry Democrat.
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