Two Hundred And Thirty Years Ain’t So Bad

The party had to end some time. I am little upset, though, that all of Alabama’s Congressmen joined in ending the American experiment:

Alabama Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions voted today against giving terrorism suspects the right to legally challenge their detention, part of larger bill that sets rules for how detainees are treated and prosecuted.

Shelby and Sessions, both Republicans, were among the 51 senators to turn down the amendment from Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., to grant suspects habeas corpus rights. The amendment was defeated 48-51.

The Senate is expected to approve the detainee legislation later today. The measure passed the House Wednesday, 253-168, with all seven members of Alabama’s delegation in support.

“I believe that the bill passed by the House will reinforce our opposition to torture as an interrogation tactic and that it will do so in a clearer, more consistent manner than current law provides,” said Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham. “Although it is not perfect, the military tribunal bill preserves our commitment to establish legal traditions while giving our interrogators the authority they need to seek the truth. We simply do not live in a world where we can extend the full safeguards owed to Americans to enemy combatants who would crush every institution we have.”

Condensed Artur Davis: “I’m scared of the terrorists, and if I did take a stand for liberty, human worth, and the rule of law, then the Big Bad Republicans would call me a puss. So I’ll let the president throw whomever he wants in prison for however long he sees fit and subject to any treatments he deems appropriate.”

Whatever happened to death before dishonor?  

I’ll try to provide some actual legal commentary on this tomorrow. For now I am too depressed.

Update: No legal analysis yet. Rather, more Democrat-bashing. Last weekend I watched Beavis and Butthead Do America, so I’ve had those gentlemen on my mind. The Democrats’s “tactics” over the last week – oh crap, the last half decade – remind me of B & B’s attempts to join Todd’s gang. They think if they do what he wants, they’ll get into the gang, but all they ever get is beat down.

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5 Comments on “Two Hundred And Thirty Years Ain’t So Bad”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I look forward to your analysis, although I’d understand if you were too sad to write it. After all the screaming over the years that women’s rights, rights for people of color, gay rights, etc., would bring about the end of civilization, in the end it’s going to be the wingnut conservatives that bring down democracy.

  2. Sara Says:

    To make matters worse, the House just passed the warrantless wiretapping bill. I’m not too skilled with the whole entering links thing, but here’s the link to the article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_go_co/congress_eavesdropping_7

  3. Kathy Says:

    At least tell me that passage of this law doesn’t absolve Bush of violations committed before. Doesn’t the Constitution forbid ex post facto laws? Oh, wait, it guarantees habeas corpus too. I guess that doesn’t matter.

  4. Sara Says:

    I haven’t read it all yet, Kathy (94 pages), but I’ve seen several news sources say it does, including Jack Cafferty.


  5. […] I don’t want to tell those stories. But every day, and especially after yesterday, it looks more and more like the tragic conglomeration of power hungry fascists and weak willed cowards in Washington has decided that our self evident, God given, inalienable rights are nothing but fancy dressing, things to be cast aside whenever they become inconvenient. […]


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