rebuilding habeus corpus, but not with halliburton

e-mail received from Sen. Barbara Boxer:


Dear Friend:

I want to let you know about legislation that I am cosponsoring that is designed to protect the Constitutional rights we all hold dear.

The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 (S.185) would repeal provisions of the Military Commissions Act that currently deny habeas corpus rights to those persons detained by the United States. I am proud to be a cosponsor of this important bipartisan bill.

The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized habeas corpus as “the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action.” The principle of habeas corpus permits an accused person to challenge whether his or her imprisonment is lawful. It is the foundation of our legal system that protects every one of us – not just those accused of a crime.

This 900-year-old legal standard was eliminated by the Bush Administration in the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Reestablishing habeas corpus rights is critical to repairing the damage that has been caused by the Administration’s harmful and misguided detention policies.

I will work to pass S.185 and other legislation that is consistent with America’s guiding principles of fairness, justice, and the rule of law.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

3 thoughts on “rebuilding habeus corpus, but not with halliburton

  1. Bill is absolutely right. Congress has had several opportunities to do the next right thing, and they haven't. The patriot act leaps to mind, as does impeachment being "off the table." They're contributorily culpable for the whole damn mess, and they need to quit acting like Bush has them all hypnotized to dance like chickens.

  2. While I support Senator Boxer's initiative, I must point out that the Military Commissions Act of 2006 was enacted by our duly-elected arm of the government, the Congress. It seems to me that the Democrats in the Senate could have blocked passage of the act. Of course, we go back to the PATRIOT Act, which was passed even though most legislators did not read or understand it, which is a breach of their duty to their constituents, the American people. And that goes hand-in-hand with the failure of that body to read anything at all about Iraq before giving the President carte blanche and giving up all semblance of co-equal power to the executive, again in breach of their duty to the American people.

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