Saturday, September 15, 2007

Tell Your Senators: Vote Yes to Restore Habeas Corpus

Tell Your Senators: Vote Yes to Restore Habeas Corpus

In just a few days, the Senate will vote on whether or not to restore habeas corpus -- the fundamental constitutional right that allows citizens to challenge the lawfulness of their imprisonment. President Bush currently has the power to declare anyone, including U.S. citizens, "enemy combatants" and throw them in jail indefinitely without any explanation for their imprisonment.

We urge you to contact your senators now and speak up to save habeas corpus and restore the Constitution.

In September of last year, the Republican-controlled Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA), which suspended the right of habeas corpus for the first time since the Civil War.

Tell your senators that you want to see habeas corpus restored.

This July, we told you that the Senate was expected to vote to restore habeas corpus with an amendment (S. 185) introduced by Senators Leahy and Specter to the Department of Defense authorization bill. This vote was postponed due to a dispute over funding the war in Iraq. But on Monday, the Senate will once again resume debate on this critical amendment and vote on whether to restore our Constitution.

Without habeas corpus, we've taken the first step on a very slippery slope towards dictatorship. So e-mail your senators today and ask for a "yes" vote on the Leahy-Specter habeas amendment.


Pull Up A Chair said...

My favorite word these days is IMPEACH. Our senate is so fucked up I can't stand it. I am sick to death watching out House and Senate bend over for the GOP.... Sick I tell you!

Mr. Natural said...


As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.