November 12, 2006

Rolling back the Military Commissions Act

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at November 12, 2006 6:53 PM

Now that Congress has changed hands, some of us are wondering: when can we get habeas corpus back? I'm pleased to see that Patrick Leahy is on the case:

An effort to restore habeas corpus rights for enemy combatants could be the first test of the Democrats' resolve to change course in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who is expected to become chairman, confirmed Thursday that he is drafting a bill to undo portions of a recently passed law that prevent terrorism detainees from going to federal court to challenge the government's right to hold them indefinitely.

(Via Unfogged.) Realistically, the earliest something like this could get passed is 2009. Bush can be expected to veto anything that reinstates habeas, and before reaching his desk any bill would have to pass a Senate whose median vote is the pro-torture, anti-habeas Joe Lieberman. Still, it's good that Leahy is working on this.

Tags: Democrats, Politics, Senate

It's amazing to actually see some positive political signs. I had forgotten what that felt like.

Posted by: Mason | November 12, 2006 9:10 PM

dont get your hope up a veto is a powerfull thing. Also these is way to good a chance the dems blow it and lose big in 08. darn you gazebo you cynicism is catching

Posted by: shellock | November 13, 2006 5:45 AM

Remember, there are all sorts of fun games the majority party can play. I expect things like this and other rollbacks of reactionary legislation (tax cuts for the rich, the MBNA Debt Slavery Act, etc.) to be attached to massive, "must-pass" appropriations bills.

And worst case, Rs vote against as a block and Bush vetos. That's still OK - aren't you just drooling at the prospect of the '08 campaign ads? Especially if the R Presidential candidate comes from Congress and has a record of voting for torture and against habeas corpus (*cough*McCain*cough*). D strategy will be interesting - things they think they can successfully repeal (or pass, in the case of new legislation like minimum wage increase) will be done ASAP, while things they expect to get a veto and/or have a close vote should be put off until late '07 or '08 to maximize campaign impact. Just like what happened with the McCain Torture Act this year.

Re: the linguistic post above, shall we start calling habeus corpus "habby" just for fun? :-D Gimme my habby back, Chairman Leahy! That would be a nice prezzie to read about on my lappie. Sorry, AG, I can't resist!

Posted by: Justin | November 13, 2006 12:44 PM

Justin, you really ought not to try reading things like that during a lapdance. It might be dangerous!

Posted by: Mason | November 13, 2006 8:53 PM

WHAT will you do when they dont 'rollback', vote republican?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 14, 2006 3:00 AM
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