Thursday, November 16, 2006


HOW IT IS DONE IN TEXAS: CCA Update 11/15/06 - Ex Parte Medellin:
Texas Gives Middle Finger to World
This story is big. Very, very, very, very, very, very big. By the way, I couldn't help going with The Onion-esque title for this post, SAYS WRETCHED OF THE EARTH.

“I take a backseat to no one when it comes to protecting this country from terrorists,” Sen. Dodd said. “But there is a right way to do this and a wrong way to do this. It’s clear the people who perpetrated these horrendous crimes against our country and our people have no moral compass and deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But in taking away their legal rights, the rights first codified in our country’s Constitution, we’re taking away our own moral compass, as well.”

The Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act:
-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
Thank you talkleft

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