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Leahy Aims At Restoring Habeas Corpus (for Terrorists)
United Press International ^ | November 11, 2006 | United Press International, Inc.

Posted on 11/12/2006 12:14:35 AM PST by Lancey Howard

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A battle is shaping up between Democrats and the White House over the Military Commissions Act, signed into law last month by President George W. Bush.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is expected to take over as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and The (Calif.) Daily Journal reports that Leahy is drafting a bill to undo portions of the new law in an effort to restore habeas corpus rights for enemy combatants.

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Spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told the newspaper the goal is to "try and do something to reverse the damage."

(Excerpt) Read more at upi.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Vermont; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: congress; democrats; leahy; waronterror; wot

1 posted on 11/12/2006 12:14:36 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Oh, Lord help us.

The Democrats are going to let another terrorist attack happen if they keep giving all these rights to terrorists.


2 posted on 11/12/2006 12:19:17 AM PST by gabidale89
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To: Lancey Howard

This is the kind of thing that the Republicans need to keep alive on the Senate floor forever. Keep it on the front page. Keep it on TV.


3 posted on 11/12/2006 12:22:50 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: gabidale89

They can't let us go two more years without an attack in the US. If they do, then President Bush will have kept us safe, and they hate him too much to let that happen.


4 posted on 11/12/2006 12:24:08 AM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: Lancey Howard
"Keep it on the front page. Keep it on TV."

Yeah great idea, of course won't you have to find a Network and a Newspaper to go along with that?

Don't see that happening anytime soon.

5 posted on 11/12/2006 12:27:23 AM PST by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: Lancey Howard

I can just imagine some of the few remaining German and Japanese WWII commanders seeing this and thinking " if only we had people like this helping our side back then, things might have turned out different."


6 posted on 11/12/2006 12:28:08 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Like this wouldn't be vetoed by the President anyways.


7 posted on 11/12/2006 12:32:50 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: SubMareener
But the Dems problem is that they can't let national security become a front burner issue again. They would lose badly over it. They hate President Bush, but love saving their own political skin even more.

Sad part is that their terrorist buddies also know this, but will come up and give them a political kick in the crotch just because they want to.

8 posted on 11/12/2006 12:33:18 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Fox News would likely be interested in this story. And it should make great fodder for talk radio. The point is to get the stroy out there to whatever extent possible. Of course, the Republicans would need to help their own cause by demogoging the rats shamelessly on this issue by constantly referring to it as "A Bill of Rights for TERRORISTS!"

It will be up to the Republicans to show Democrat voters what they did to America on election day.

9 posted on 11/12/2006 12:33:29 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
"A Bill of Rights for TERRORISTS!"

Leahy, who's freaking side are you on ?

10 posted on 11/12/2006 12:43:35 AM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: Lancey Howard

Great. Didn't take long for the Dems to begin self destructing. Maybe they'll start some gays in the military and gun control and tax hike talk soon. This may be a fun two years after all.


11 posted on 11/12/2006 12:43:49 AM PST by edsheppa
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To: Lancey Howard

"Restore.?" They mean bestow.


12 posted on 11/12/2006 12:48:56 AM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: All
MensNewsDaily.com: "MEET THE NEW JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, SEN. LEAKY LEAHY" -Column by Jim Kouri, CPP (November 9, 2006) (Read More...)

13 posted on 11/12/2006 12:55:45 AM PST by Cindy
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To: holdonnow; eeevil conservative; SJackson; sono; RasterMaster; mware; Peach; MNJohnnie; ...

ping


14 posted on 11/12/2006 12:57:53 AM PST by AliVeritas (In Victory, Be magnanimous, in Defeat, Defiant!)
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To: Lancey Howard

Bingo.


15 posted on 11/12/2006 12:58:13 AM PST by AliVeritas (In Victory, Be magnanimous, in Defeat, Defiant!)
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To: Lancey Howard

They don't necessarily have the vote for it. I suspect Lieberman and perhaps Webb will not go for it. The 3 military guys who made the deal (McCain, Graham, Warner) will not agree. And the Maine Twins are less likely to bring out something that has been decided recently.


16 posted on 11/12/2006 1:21:00 AM PST by paudio (Universal Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Liberals want to have cake and eat it too!)
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To: AliVeritas

In 1996, Clinton signed the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act which makes it more difficult for murder defendants to have their habeas corpus appeals heard in federal court.

So American citizens (albeit murderers) will have a difficult time having their habeas corpus appeals heard, but terrorists will be granted the RIGHT!

If we all don't call our elected officials about this, we're useless.


17 posted on 11/12/2006 3:41:44 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Lancey Howard

They want rights for our enemies, that should have been shot dead long ago, and meanwhile persecute eight of our Marines at Camp Pendleton?

Can we ever get this government turned right-side-up and frontward again?


18 posted on 11/12/2006 3:42:17 AM PST by RoadTest ( He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. -Rev. 3:6)
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To: Lancey Howard

This has .00000001% chance of getting 60 votes for cloture and if some whacked Senators managed to get it through it has 0% chance the President will sign.


19 posted on 11/12/2006 4:09:21 AM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: TYVets
What is the problem with Vermont? They keep reelecting this nut case.
20 posted on 11/12/2006 4:41:44 AM PST by bytesmith
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To: tobyhill

Veto , Plus what Democratic Senator will back this that is up for 08 election


21 posted on 11/12/2006 4:42:04 AM PST by scooby321
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To: Lancey Howard

forget habeus corpus....wouldn't it be easier to just send them home with a happy meal.........

never again...will the US take terrorists..it is not spoken but in iraq...these terrorists now just get a bullet in their diapered heads and left to rot and called casualities!!!

at least the US learned one valueable lesson when dealing with the lib/dems...I mean with the terrorists!!!


22 posted on 11/12/2006 4:49:28 AM PST by hnj_00
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To: Lancey Howard
Patrick Leahy is, as usual, dumb as a post about constitutional law. Habeas corpus has NOT been abolished. It is as alive and well as well the US Supreme Court ruled UNANIMOUSLY in 1942 that it existed for the eight German saboteurs convicted of planning bombings, and six were sentenced to death, in the Quirin case.

Habeas corpus was the basis on which the Court reviewed, and then approved, the military tribunals used for those trials. Now that Congress has acted, the same applies to the Gitmo detainees or any other illegal combatants. The regular US courts still have habeas corpus review at the Supreme Court level, but ONLY to make sure that the established procedures of the new military tribunals have been followed, and that's it.

Leahy is either too dumb, or too biased, to realize this. Either way, he is wrong, and any attempt by the new Congress to change the current law on illegal combatants will (or at least should be) blocked by a veto from President Bush.

Congressman Billybob

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23 posted on 11/12/2006 5:03:21 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com Please get involved.)
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To: Lancey Howard

I think that he should.The American people, through their votes, have indicated that is what they want.They [the terrorists]are only misguided and live in poverty.If we show them that we love them they will stop wanting to kill us.

We have begun the process of showing them how much we love them by getting rid of those evil hate-filled Republicans.


24 posted on 11/12/2006 5:06:55 AM PST by sport
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To: sport
Convert to the religion of peace. Replace all Churches with mosques and all Christian schools with madrasas. Get your women into full length black robes complete with burkahs and death by stoning to all homosexuals and heterosexuals that commit adultery. Chant allah akbahr hundred times a day. Kill all remaining Christians and Jews. See, we can all live together in piece{s}.
25 posted on 11/12/2006 6:45:18 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Lancey Howard

America should be afraid...very afraid!


26 posted on 11/12/2006 8:48:30 AM PST by Angelas
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27 posted on 11/12/2006 6:20:45 PM PST by SJackson ( There is no threat. Communists are not about to take over our McDonald hamburger stands. John Kerry)
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To: Lancey Howard

VETO.


28 posted on 11/12/2006 6:21:26 PM PST by tioga
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