The U.S. War-Crimes Tribunals/Terrorist Bill that passed through the House has now been approved by the Senate also (65-34). I am also happy to pass on that the Republican minority summarily shot down Arlen Specter's attempt to grant more rights to the terrorists than are afforded our Marines at Camp Pendleton.
" The Senate vote came after the Republican majority defeated a series of amendments, including one that would have preserved the right of more than 200 detainees to go to federal court to challenge their captivity. The amendment was offered by Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Democrats who supported the amendment said it was needed to avoid trampling on well-established civil liberties and protections. Abridging the right to a court hearing would only invite other nations to deny the same protections to U.S. troops held prisoner in future wars, they argued.
``We are about to put the darkest blot possible on this nation's conscience,'' said Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy. He said the legislation would ``apply to any alien picked up anywhere in the world and suspected of possibly supporting enemies of the United States.'' (source)
I am quite sure this bill will be expeditiously signed into law by President Bush.
Senate Republicans have also decided to scrap Bush's
Bush said yesterday that the party of FDR and Harry Truman has become the "party of cut and run". Has become...?