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I Can Haz Rule Of Law?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 22, 2009

Just Us

Per LHP at FDL, signs point to “yes”:

David Iglesias, one of the US Attorneys who were fired for actually trying to do their jobs in a fair, non partisan manner, has just been tapped by the Obama administration to prosecute Gitmo detainees. This is an inspired choice. Not just for the “up yours” message it sends to the loyal Bushies — though that adds some fun to the mix — but because his unique skill set positions him to handle all the permutations of prosecutions to come in these cases.

Go read the rest of Looseheadprop’s story. Rule of Law: It’s the new black! (And black is the new president.)

Posted in Barack Obama, Constitution, doing the right thing, DoJ, dope slaps for Dubya, Good Things, habeas corpus, Justice Department, Obama Administration, political prisoners, political purges, President Obama, rights, Rule of Law, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal | Comments Off on I Can Haz Rule Of Law?

Boumediene Wins Again!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 20, 2008

As do we all. He and four other Algerian Guantanamo inmates will be free men soon, thanks to US District Judge Richard Leon. Take it away, bmaz!

Now the best part of this story is that one of the five Leon ordered released is Lakhdar Boumediene. Boumediene has kicked George Bush and the criminal cabal that has assisted him in committing war crimes and illegal, immoral detentions so many times that you would think the Bushies are rented mules.

Indeed he has.

Posted in civil rights, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Gitmo, Good Things, habeas corpus, judicial rulings, judiciary | 2 Comments »

Please, sir, may I have a bowl of rights?

Posted by Charles II on October 15, 2007

Via Naomi Wolf, firedogging it, The American Freedom Campaign:

The American Freedom Campaign Agenda
At critical moments in our history, Americans have been called upon to protect our Constitutional guarantees of liberty and justice. We face such a moment today. The American Freedom Campaign is a non-partisan citizens’ alliance formed to reverse the abuse of executive power and restore our system of checks and balances with these ten goals:

Fully restore the right to challenge the legality of one’s detention, or habeas corpus, and the right of detained suspects to be charged and brought to trial.

Prohibit torture
and all cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Prohibit the use of secret evidence.

Prohibit the detention of anyone, including U.S. citizens, as an “enemy combatant”
outside the battlefield, and on the President’s say-so alone.

Prohibit the government from secretly breaking and entering our homes, tapping our phones or email, or seizing our computers without a court order, on the President’s say-so alone.

Prohibit the President from “disappearing” anyone
and holding them in secret detention.

Prohibit the executive from claiming “state secrets”
to deny justice to victims of government misdeeds, and from claiming “executive privilege” to obstruct Congressional oversight and an open government.

Prohibit the abuse of signing statements, where the President seeks to disregard duly enacted provisions of bills.

Use the federal courts, or courts-martial, to charge and prosecute terrorism suspects, and close Guantanamo down.

Reaffirm that the Espionage Act does not prohibit journalists
from reporting on classified national security matters without fear of prosecution.

Posted in Constitution, Fire Dog Lake, Gitmo, habeas corpus, rights, speaking truth to power | 1 Comment »

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.”

Posted in abuse of power, Congress, Constitution, Gitmo, Guantanamo, habeas corpus | 4 Comments »

And Now A Message From The ACLU

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 27, 2007

 From the Congress as Sheep webpage of the ACLU:

Help Us Run the “Congress as Sheep” Ads

Ever since a new Congress got elected last November, we’ve been waiting for it to end the violations of the Constitution and the lawless behavior of the Bush administration. Members of Congress acted, but instead of restoring our freedoms, they actually handed the Bush administration vast new powers to invade our privacy with no meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress.

Congress cowered to George Bush because they didn’t want to be labeled “soft on terrorism.” So, it’s time to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Americans want them to protect our Constitution. It’s bad enough Congressional leaders have failed to act to restore habeas corpus, end torture and rendition, and close Guantanamo. But now Congress, led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, has caved in to Bush fear-mongering and expanded a warrantless spying program they should be investigating and ending.

When our leaders behave like sheep, their constituents need to know it. Please make as generous a gift as you can afford to help us run these ads and keep the pressure on Congress.

Posted in 2008, ACLU, Congress, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Democrats, eedjits, fearmongering, First Amendment, getting a clue, habeas corpus, Harry Reid, NSA eavesdropping, Pelosi | Comments Off on And Now A Message From The ACLU

Christy Speaks. You Do.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 26, 2007


And now a message from Christy Hardin Smith of Firedoglake:

Please keep those calls going on habeas.

And, as Oklahoma Kiddo suggests, “In addition, pen letters to the editor (email makes it so easy) of newspapers and news magazines. Folks who read these letters vote. And if you want to take the pulse of the nation, read the letters to the editor. Most newspapers can be found online.” This is absolutely right — and, in addition to catching the eye of folk who read your local paper — which has a lot of value — most legislators also pay attention to issues that constituents raise in LTEs. Thanks for all the calls thus far, gang! Let’s keep that capitol switchboard humming today.

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

UPDATE: Bob Geiger asks why there aren’t more than 22 Senators supporting the habeas bill? I’d like to know the answer to that as well. Remind your elected representatives that actions speak a helluva lot louder than lip service. And what we want is action.

There you go. Go and do.

Posted in abuse of power, BushCo malfeasance, Constitution, habeas corpus, rights | Comments Off on Christy Speaks. You Do.


Posted by MEC on June 11, 2007

No, it’s not “Talk Like a Pirate Day”. It’s “Would Somebody Please Throttle the AP’s Headline Writer” Day.

The reason for my growl of disgust is this headline:

Court Rules in Favor of Enemy Combatant

The federal appeals court had, in effect, ruled that Dubya and his minions cannot declare a civilian to be an “enemy combatant” and indefinitely detain him under military rules. The detainee, Ali al-Marri, is not an “enemy combatant”. Even before the ruling, he was only accused of being an “enemy combatant”. There was no trial, much less a conviction, that would have established that the accusation was valid. Ergo, it is inaccurate, unjustified, and downright wrong to call him an enemy combatant.

Would someone please explain to the journalistic geniuses at the Associated Press that they are abetting the Busheviks’ campaign against habeas corpus and the Bill of Rights, just to find out whether they care?

Posted in beat the press, habeas corpus | 2 Comments »

Dubya Gets Another Cluesticking

Posted by MEC on June 11, 2007


A federal appeals court has ruled, in effect, that the United States is not yet a military dictatorship, no matter what the Commander-in-Thief wants, and that habeas corpus isn’t abolished yet.

In a major setback for the administration, the appellate panel ruled that the government’s evidence afforded no basis to treat Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri as an “enemy combatant” and ordered his release from military custody.

“The government cannot subject al-Marri to indefinite military detention. For in the United States, the military cannot seize and imprison civilians – let alone imprison them indefinitely,” Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote.

If the government appeals this decision to the Supreme Court, however, I think I can guess how Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas will vote. We can only hope no more than two of the other justices go along with them.

Posted in abuse of power, BushCo malfeasance, Constitution, dope slaps for Dubya, habeas corpus | 4 Comments »

Digby Speaks. Go And Do.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 9, 2007

Here it is.

You can save habeas corpus if you act now.

Posted in Good Things, habeas corpus | Comments Off on Digby Speaks. Go And Do.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 13, 2007

Chris Dodd — the Good Senator from Connecticut — opens his presidential campaign with a bang:

Today, I plan on re-introducing the Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007. The bill will restore Habeas Corpus protections to detainees, bar information acquired through torture from being introduced as evidence in trials, and limit presidential authority to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions.

Please take a moment to watch the video and read the text of the Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007, sign on as a citizen co-sponsor, and forward the bill to your personal networks. While you and I are acutely aware of the damage President Bush has done to our country’s national reputation, too many of our family, friends and neighbors have no idea how far this Administration has gone.

You heard the man.  Go co-sponsor it. 

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