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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Contact Sen. Bingaman on Torture Bill

Please call Sen. Bingaman NOW to express your views on the Republican torture and detainment bill:

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D) 202-224-5521, 202-224-2852, 505-988-6647 Senator_Bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov

When I spoke with one of his staffers this morning I was told the Senator is co-sponsoring an amendment to strike the suspension of habeas corpus section of the bill. They are tallying the views of constituents who call about the bill, so it's very important that you do so immediately. I urged the Senator to filibuster the bill and stated my strong opposition to it. If you care about American democracy and the rule of law, I hope you'll do the same. Please be polite.

UPDATE: The Spector-Leahy amendment to remove the suspension of habeas corpus from the bill, which Sen. Bingaman co-sponsored, failed by 3 votes. All Dems voted for the amendment except Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE). It needed yea votes from half the Senators to pass. Here's the roll call. Almost every Republican voted effectively to throw out perhaps our most important legal protection against tyranny and injustice. Unbelievable. A filibuster may well be the only way to stop this dangerous bill.

September 28, 2006 at 11:57 AM in Terrorism | Permalink


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