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They Hate Our Freedoms

Posted by MEC on September 19, 2007

Senate Republicans quashed a bill to restore habeas corpus.

The Reuters headline says the “Senate” barred the bill, but a quick check of the roll call in the Senate’s web site confirmed that every vote against the bill was cast by a Republican. (I include Joe Lieberman in that count.)

Senator Leahy explained briefly and clearly why habeas corpus is necessary:

“Any of these people could be detained forever without the ability to challenge their detention in federal court” under the changes in law Congress made last year, Leahy said on the Senate floor. This was true “even if they (authorities) made a mistake and picked up the wrong person.”

But the Republicans — with the exception of Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar, Gordon Smith, Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter, and John Sununu — obviously want innocent people punished for others’ mistakes and suspects condemned without a trial.

Bush is fond of saying that our enemies hate our freedoms.

In the words of the immortal Walt Kelly, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

4 Responses to “They Hate Our Freedoms”

  1. A-yep. I’m glad to see that all of our people stood fast. That’s somewhat comforting. Now to get more of them in place.

  2. MEC said

    There’s going to be quite a record of who’s for democracy and who’s against it, by November 2008.

  3. jo6pac said

    Make sure you credit Pogo for the quote.

  4. MEC said

    Good point, Jo6pac. I assumed that everybody would know it was the immortal Walt Kelly who wrote “We have met the enemy, and he is us,” but I should make it explicit.

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