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By Michael J. Smith on Saturday December 9, 2006 11:30 AM

J Alva Scruggs passed this along:

Legislators may reconsider suspending habeas corpus for detainees

WASHINGTON - President Bush's victory in getting the rules he wanted to try suspected terrorists could be diminished.

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee signaled this week that he'll join prominent Democrats in seeking to restore legal rights to hundreds of suspected terrorists confined at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere.

While the measure to restore the right of habeas corpus has almost no chance of passing before Congress adjourns later this week, the message is clear: When Democrats take over in early January, the issue could resurface.

J Alva comments:
Partial restoration of Habeas Corpus is really keen. Peachy even, but the entire Military Commissions Act is bad news and needs to be repealed. "Moderating" its effects is impossible. It's beyond fatuous to try to ensure proper procedures for activities that are illegal to begin with.

I checked a few blogs and it doesn't look like the liberal are buying any effort at sincerity from Leahy, yet. But I doubt anyone would care to take the bet that "half a loaf" arguments are coming down the pike.

Comments (2)

js paine:

to me this looks to be a caution flag in the race
to police state justice

the cars keep moving ahead
but can't pass each other
so they slow down ...and kinda look like they're behaving

Comrade O'Brien:

Dear Comrade,
Please visit http://ministryoflove.wordpress.com to learn about our creative protest of the Military Commissions Act.

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