Sen. Kennedy Criticizes Bush Judicial Pick
Writing in the Washington Post, Senator Edward Kennedy rails against the confirmation of William Haynes as Federal Appeals Court Judge:
Haynes has been nominated to the influential 4th Circuit on the basis of his work as general counsel for the Department of Defense. In that capacity he has developed and defended three of the administration's most controversial policies: the refusal to treat any of the hundreds of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions of 1949; the department's military tribunal plan for trying suspected war criminals; and even the incarceration of U.S. citizens without counsel or judicial review.
An essential part of winning the war on terrorism is protecting the ideals that the United States stands for at home and around the world. The basic checks and balances in the Constitution are indispensable to our democracy and a continuing source of our country's strength, not luxuries or inconveniences to be jettisoned in times of crisis. The mass detentions at Guantanamo have clearly damaged our reputation abroad, caused serious tensions with our allies, and violated fundamental principles of international law that have long protected U.S. soldiers serving abroad and American citizens traveling in other countries.
Here comes Haynes:
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