Thousands Gather on Capitol Hill Urging Habeas Reform, Closure of Gitmo

Today is June Action Day (background here) on Capitol Hill. Thousands gathered in support of bills introduced to restore the right to habeas corpus, close Guantanamo and fix the broken military commissions system.

A hearing on the bills begins at 2:00 pm (ET).

From the ACLU (received by e-mail):

Over eighty organizations, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, came together to organize a rally and lobby visits to Congress. In addition to the rally, attendees at the Day of Action to Restore Law & Justice delivered over 250,000 petition signatures to Washington lawmakers, urging them to:

1. Restore habeas corpus and due process.
2. Pass the Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007.
3. End torture and abuse in secret prisons.
4. Stop extraordinary rendition: secretly kidnapping people and sending them to countries that torture.
5. Close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay and give those held currently access to justice.

Christy at Firedoglake provides the phone numbers for you to call. Today is the day to make yourself heard.


1 (800) 828 - 0498 1 (800) 459 - 1887
1 (800) 614 - 2803
1 (866) 340 - 9281
1 (866) 338 - 1015
1 (877) 851 - 6437

Here are the Democratic Senators who need to hear from you.

Think Progress has more on the need for Habeas Reform and why it should extend to detainees.

Too many on the right fall for the flawed reasoning of James Taranto in today's Opinion Journal and Military Commissions chief prosecutor Morris Davis in today's New York Times. (The latter was discussed earlier here and Glenn Greenwald weighs in here.)

Let your elected officials know you are not one of them.

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