Habeas Amendment to Tribunal Bill Defeated
Dennis Kucinich, speaking about the White House proposal to expand presidential power while denying fundamental rights to anyone it accuses of terrorism, says it all:
"This bill is everything we don't believe in."
Even Arlen Specter objected to the White House plan to eliminate habeas corpus protections for anyone accused of terrorism. Specter proposed an amendment to permit habeas review of military tribunal decisions, but that amendment was predictably opposed by nearly all Republicans in the Senate. It failed. Will that prompt Specter to vote against the bill, or to support a filibuster? Don't count on it.
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