A Sad Day for Our Constitution of the U.S.

I am absolutely appalled by the Senate Bill 3930.   Here is an OPED that my husband James has submitted to the N&O and the Herald Sun, and I agree with every point.  We had a big discussion “around the kitchen table”  (as John Edwards used to reference)  about this tonight…..explaining to our kids that George Bush can take their friends’ parents down the street and throw them in jail, with no right to challenge detention. The response of my 8 year old was, “that’s not fair!!!!”  Bush must have the mind of a four year old.  Read below.Urging the Congress to pass the Senate Bill 3930 dealing with terror detainee trials, the President stated that his first priority is to provide security to the American people.   No, Mr. President, you are wrong.  Your first priority is to protect and defend the Constitution of the

United States.  Senate Bill 3930, which denies the right of Habeas Corpus, takes away a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution, the right to challenge, in Federal Court, an unconstitutional detention by the government.  Anyone who is deemed to be an enemy combatant by the President can be whisked away in the middle of the night, locked in a secret prison and denied the right to challenge their imprisonment.  Republican Senator Arlen Specter, who attempted to remedy this serious flaw with an  amendment that would have permitted a Habeas Corpus challenge, stated that “[Habeas Corpus] is a constitutional requirement and it is fundamental that Congress not legislate in contradiction to a constitutional interpretation of the Supreme Court.  His amendment failed along party lines, which virtually guarantees that this law will be struck down as  unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.   Even so, today is a sad day for our Constitution and for those who believe that preserving civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution is worth more than than the security that the President thinks this legislation provides.
Urging the Congress to pass the Senate Bill 3930 dealing with terror detainee trials, the President stated that his first priority is to provide security to the American people.   No, Mr. President, you are wrong.  Your first priority is to protect and defend the Constitution of the

United States.  Senate Bill 3930, which denies the right of Habeas Corpus, takes away a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution, the right to challenge, in Federal Court, an unconstitutional detention by the government.  Anyone who is deemed to be an enemy combatant by the President can be whisked away in the middle of the night, locked in a secret prison and denied the right to challenge their imprisonment.  Republican Senator Arlen Specter, who attempted to remedy this serious flaw with an  amendment that would have permitted a Habeas Corpus challenge, stated that “[Habeas Corpus] is a constitutional requirement and it is fundamental that Congress not legislate in contradiction to a constitutional interpretation of the Supreme Court.  His amendment failed along party lines, which virtually guarantees that this law will be struck down as  unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.   Even so, today is a sad day for our Constitution and for those who believe that preserving civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution is worth more than than the security that the President thinks this legislation provides.

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