Finally, the Right Move on Gitmo
The best news of the week so far comes from icy, snowy Washington, where Senate Democrats yesterday introduced legislation that would correct some of the worst errors in last year's dreadful Military Commissions Act. The Washington Post's Josh White reports: "A group of Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) introduced a bill yesterday that would restore habeas corpus rights to all detainees in U.S. custody and would narrowly define what it means to be an "enemy combatant" against the United States, a measure designed to challenge laws ushered in by the Republican-controlled Congress last year."
White reports that the legislation has bipartisan support. It will need it to overcome an expected veto from the White House, which likely would offer the same tired, lame and unconstitutional arguments about how the detainees down at Gitmo will be getting all the fairness and justice they deserve through the Commissions Act and about how resident aliens here in the States legally do not deserve the same legal protections the rest of us do. This is a good bill that deserves to become an important law.
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