9.28.2006

Feingold, Dodd, and Kerry Oppose Torture Bill

Senator Feingold: "Mr. President, I oppose the Military Commissions Act."
"...To take just a few examples, this legislation would permit an individual to be convicted on the basis of coerced testimony and hearsay, would not allow full judicial review of the conviction, and yet would allow someone convicted under these rules to be put to death. That is simply unacceptable. We would not stand for another country to try our citizens under those rules, and we should not stand for our own government to do so, either."

Senator Dodd: "Mr. President, the Administration and Republican leadership would have the American people believe that the War on Terror requires a choice between protecting America from terrorism and upholding the basic tenets upon which our country was founded -- but not both. This canard has been showcased in every recent election cycle. I fully reject that reasoning. We can, and we must, balance our responsibilities to bring terrorists to justice, while at the same time protecting what it means to be America. To choose the rule of law over the passion of the moment takes courage. But it is the right thing to do if we are to uphold the values of equal justice and due process that are codified in our Constitution."

Senator John Kerry: "We must start treating our moral authority as a precious national asset that does not limit our power but magnifies our influence..."
"...Let me be clear about something--something that it seems few people are willing to say. This bill permits torture."

[via Daily Kos]
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1 comment:

SisterRye said...

Update:
Check out this Boston Globe article, "It [The Bill] would strip green-card holders and other legal residents of the right to challenge their detention in court if they are accused of being "enemy combatants."

"An earlier draft of the bill sparked criticism because it removed the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees to challenge their detentions in federal court. But changes made over the weekend during negotiations between the White House and key Republicans in Congress go even further, making it legal for noncitizens inside the United States to be detained indefinitely, without access to the court system, until the "war on terror" is over."
[quotes from the article by Farah Stockman, Globe Staff]