Thursday, June 7, 2007

Restoring Habeas

DailyKos has the details of Sens. Leahy, Specter, and 17 co-sponsors trying to restore habeas corpus, which was so gracefully disposed of with last years Military Commissions Act.

Via Christy at FDL, here are the members of the Judiciary Committee who haven't already signed on as cosponsors of the bill:

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

Call or e-mail the offices of these Senators to urge them to support S. 185 in committee tomorrow. Here are the toll free numbers for the Capitol Switchboard:

1 (800) 828 - 0498
1 (800) 459 - 1887
1 (800) 614 - 2803
1 (866) 340 - 9281
1 (866) 338 - 1015
1 (877) 851 - 6437

That's right, our own Sen Orrin Hatch is on the Judiciary Committee, and hasn't signed on to the bill yet. Let's tell him what we think of this bill, and let him know that we want habeas corpus restored.

This is something Sen. Hatch should change his mind on, he supported the Military Commissions Act, but would we really be surprised if he keeps walking the line he's been on for 30+ years.

One last thing, check out Find Habeas if you're looking for reasons that we need habeas corpus back into our national laws.


  1. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for the Specter/Leahy habeas restoration bill. The committee sent it to the floor with no amendments, no debate and on almost a party line vote (with Senator Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania the only Republican voting in favor).

  2. Yep, good news from the Judiciary Committee. According to The Nation,

    Today's vote means the habeas bill can now be brought to the Senate floor at any time. One source with knowledge of the legislative plan said Majority Leader Harry Reid has committed to bringing the bill to a vote within the month.