November 12, 2005
They did what? C'mon!
The day before Veteran's Day, the U.S. Senate embarassed this country and forced us to ask why soldiers have fought for this country war after war. I think most vets would say to preserve our liberty, our way of life, and the rule of law in its broadest sense.
Thursday, by a vote of 49-42 the Senate made a mockery of those millions of sacrifices. They passed a bill that would strip so-called "enemy combatants" the right to ask our courts to review their label and their treatment. I am not kidding. As the New York Times pointed out, "The bill would nullify a June 2004 Supreme Court ruling that detainees at Guantanamo Bay had a right to challenge their detention in court."
So, Cheney and Rummy, with their secret prisons, torture techniques and the creation of Gitmo, have won. We have lost. Fortunately, both Wisconsin Senators voted no. But Joe Lieberman, former Attorney General of Connecticut, former Democratic nominee for Vice President, voted yes. Why not turn in your card, Joe?
The notion that we would place POWs in detention forever or until we lose interest is awful. What have we become? Ask Senator Lieberman.
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