Now That's More Like It - Habeas Corpus Restoration
Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), who chairs the Homeland Security Subcommitee on Intelligence, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, announced today the presentation of bills that would reverse "problematic parts of the Military Commissions Act," according to a statement released by Harman's office.Now let's be realistic here. We know if these bills make it through the conference committees, out of Congress, and to the President's desk, Bush will either veto them or will attach a signing statement that says essentially: "As the Commander in Chief, I am not required to implement any legislation that impinges on conducting the military affairs of the United States...oh and by the way, these are bad guys who have no rights and we don't torture them." But the damage to Bu$hCo and the GOP will be enormous. Democrats will harp on how a Republican president demonstrated his disdain for the Constitution--how he ignored the will of the people. The complex constitutional question of Presidential authority vs. constitutional imperatives will be lost in the noise, and each Republican presidential candidate will get tagged with the "just another damn Constitution busting Republican," label.
In other words...this could be really interesting.
Yes, this will be interesting.
Lizzy...my pleasure. Though, I'm having a hard time finding supporting references. So far the MSM seems to be ignoring this--and it's so damn important. What gives?
Fred... I'm with you. I wish Pelosi would show some spine and fully support this initiative. Though I doubt Harman could push this too hard if Pelosi wasn't at least quietly in favor of it.
Hill...in my dreams as well, but again not about military commissions.
Talking points for days. I love it.
This sounds to me pretty close being something like punishing children for the sins of their parents. Those of who commit the crime, should do the time. That it can't be done has to tell to a reasonable person that there are some unreasonable and built in protections that should be done away. Getting even no matter how, hardly is conducive policy for the Democrats. What goes around, comes around and that has no happy or any other kind of ending.
Pekka... The cynicism on both sides of the American political spectrum is deep and profound. Nobody on the left is going to call the Democrats on tarring the Republican field. And on the right? Given a similar opportunity, they'd do it in a heartbeat. In fact, they have been...continuously...for 5 years with their continual allusions to Dems lack of patriotism.