Senate Panel Votes Up a Bill to Restore the Constitution

7 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Senate Panel Votes Up a Bill to Restore the Constitution</h1><p>Washington, June 7, 2007 (LPAC)--By an 11-8 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee today sent to the full Senate a bipartisan bill to restore habeas corpus and the right of prisoners detained at Guantanamo to challenge their detentions in U.S. courts. The "Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007," co-sponsored by Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will now go to the Senate floor, where, committee staffers tell <em>EIR</em> , Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised it will be debated and submitted to a vote.</p><p>The 2006 Military Commissions Act, which stripped the federal courts of jurisdiction to hear habeas corpus petition from so-called "enemy combatants," was rammed through the Congress last fall, with Vice President Dick Cheney personally threatening and intimidating Senators into voting for the bill.</p><p>In his opening statement, Leahy called the habeas-stripping provisions of last year's bill "unconstitutional" and "un-American," and he pointed to another example of the same kind of power-grab by Dick Cheney. Leahy citedwhich Leahy called "this Administration twisting the law to sustain its unilateral agenda of expanding government power at the expense of the rule of law."</p><p>"In this case," Leahy declared, "it was the Vice President secretly insisting on warrantless wiretapping of Americans."</p></div></body>