Thursday, November 16, 2006

A Good First Step

Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut introduced a bill today to ameliorate the recent filth called the Military Commission Act of 2006. Arguably the worst, unconstitutional assault on our liberties, if the MCA isn't amended or abolished to restore the bedrocks of constitutional law to our society, revolution is is a distinct possibility sometime in the future.
Dodd isn't wasting time. He gets a big thumbs up from me.
Some of the points in his bill:

* 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 the 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


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