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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Senate Dem Statements On Torture & Detainment Bill

Several Senate Dems have given their floor statements on Bush's horrendous torture and detainment bill. Here are excerpts from a few of them:

" ... the trials conducted under this legislation will send a very different signal to the world, one that I fear will put our own troops and personnel in jeopardy both now and in future conflicts. To take just a few examples, this legislation would permit an individual to be convicted on the basis of coerced testimony and hearsay, would not allow full judicial review of the conviction, and yet would allow someone convicted under these rules to be put to death. That is simply unacceptable. We would not stand for another country to try our citizens under those rules, and we should not stand for our own government to do so, either." --Sen. Russ Feingold (full statement here)

"Mr. President, the Administration and Republican leadership would have the American people believe that the War on Terror requires a choice between protecting America from terrorism and upholding the basic tenets upon which our country was founded -- but not both. This canard has been showcased in every recent election cycle.

"I fully reject that reasoning. We can, and we must, balance our responsibilities to bring terrorists to justice, while at the same time protecting what it means to be America. To choose the rule of law over the passion of the moment takes courage. But it is the right thing to do if we are to uphold the values of equal justice and due process that are codified in our Constitution." --Sen. Chris Dodd (full statement here)

"We must start treating our moral authority as a precious national asset that does not limit our power but magnifies our influence. That seems obvious, but this Administration still doesn't get it. Right now - today -- they are trying to rush a bill through Congress that will fundamentally undermine our moral authority, put our troops at greater risk, and make our country less safe.

"Let me be clear about something--something that it seems few people are willing to say. This bill permits torture. It gives the President the discretion to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions. No matter how much well-intended United States Senators would like to believe otherwise, it gives an Administration that lobbied for torture just what it wanted." --Sen. John Kerry (full statement here)

September 28, 2006 at 11:05 AM in Democratic Party, Terrorism | Permalink


So many of our Democratic Senators have spoken so eloquently and passionately against this Fascist crap, but seemingly to no avail.

Posted by: VP | Sep 28, 2006 1:18:07 PM

Too bad Reid promised not to filibuster so the evil ones would permit a few hours of debate. Oh, it's only torture and illegal imprisonment after all.

Posted by: | Sep 28, 2006 1:54:47 PM

I urge everyone to go to KOS and read a little more of what this could do. https://www.dailykos.com

Posted by: VP | Sep 28, 2006 3:57:08 PM

Kos has good stuff and so does Glenn Greenwald. Too bad the regular media thinks nothing of it.

Posted by: Silver City Jan | Sep 28, 2006 4:11:25 PM

What disappoints me most about those supporting this is that they don't have the backbone to really spell out to the public just exactly what this allows the President to do. Seems like if you can vote for this legislation you ought to be able to look America in the face and truthfully explain all the ramifications. If not you probably have no business being a US Senator or Congress person. Until voters start demanding they do so the game playing will go on and on.

Posted by: VP | Sep 28, 2006 4:59:28 PM

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