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November 16, 2006

Beginning to Restore our Moral Grounding

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) has introduced a bill that would restore Habeas Corpus, consistent adherence to the Geneva Conventions and  legal protections to detainees.  He calls it the Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act.  Dodd opposed the odious Military Commission Act of 2006 and this new bill seeks to repair the damage done in the previous Republican-sponsored bill.

Here's the information on the bill off his website.

The Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act:

  • Restores Habeas Corpus protections to detainees
  • Narrows the definition of unlawful enemy combatant to individuals who directly participate in hostilities against the United States who are not lawful combatants
  • Bars information gained through coercion from being introduced as evidence in trials
  • Empowers military judges to exclude hearsay evidence they deem to be unreliable
  • Authorizes the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to review decisions by the Military commissions
  • Limits the authority of the President to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions and makes that authority subject to congressional and judicial oversight
  • Provides for expedited judicial review of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to determine the constitutionally of its provisions

And so we begin to take our country back.  Thanks, Senator Dodd.

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 16, 2006 at 10:29 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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