Democrats may restore detainee rights

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee signaled that he would side with Democrats in a bid to restore the right of habeas corpus to the detainees at Guantanamo.

The TPM Muckraker has more:


"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.
"The Military Commissions Act of 2006, which Bush signed into law in October, prevents detainees who aren't U.S. citizens from challenging their detentions in civilian courts. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter [R-PA] who voted for the legislation despite his opposition to stripping such rights from detainees, on Tuesday reintroduced legislation to restore those rights. A similar measure sponsored by Specter failed by three votes in October.
Now that's bipartisanship I can support.

[TPM Muckraker]

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