Rogue Regime Rides Roughshod over Human Rights

Military Commissions Bill (S. 3930)

The Senate voted 65-34 in favor of S. 3930 on Thursday evening, September 28.  Vote on the measure followed the defeat of five amendments.  The Senate bill will go to the House for a final vote, to replace a nearly identical bill, H.R. 6166, which the House approved Wednesday by a vote of 253 -168.  The House is certain to approve the Senate bill in order to avoid the need for a House-Senate conference.

In the Senate, only 34 Senators voted against the White House-crafted Military Commissions bill that

"I would rather be exposed to the inconvenience attending too much Liberty than those attending too small degree of it." -Thomas Jefferson

"The Habeas Corpus secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything which is not law, whatever shape it may assume." –Thomas Jefferson to A. H. Rowan, 1798. ME 10:61

“Of one thing we may be sure. The future will never have to ask, with misgiving, what could the Nazis have said in their favor. History will know that whatever could be said, they were allowed to say. They have been given the kind of a trial, which they, in the days of their pomp and power, never gave to any man.

But fairness is not weakness. The extraordinary fairness of these hearings is an attribute of our strength.” -Nuremburg lawyer Robert Jackson


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