Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced S.AMDT.2022 to restore habeas corpus rights for detainees held by the U.S.
20 senators cosponsored it, including Democratic presidential candidates Clinton, Obama, and Dodd.
Yesterday, the roll call vote was taken.
>> See how your senators voted (and keep it in mind when they're up for reelection).
These Republican senators voted against one of the fundamental principles of our free democracy. They believe that detainees held as enemy combatants (many of whom are believed to be wrongfully imprisoned) should not have the right to challenge their treatment and detention in U.S. courts. No due process.
In response, Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, issued the following statement:
The United States Senate missed a major opportunity to demonstrate leadership by failing to provide Senators the opportunity to help re-establish a cornerstone of the U.S. justice system -- the right to habeas corpus. By not voting for cloture, the Senate gave up an important chance to help restore the United States' reputation as a nation that respects and adheres to the rule of law.I miss the America I grew up in -- the one that stood for something positive.
Amnesty International praises Senators Specter, Leahy, and Dodd for their work and all the Senators who voted to reinstate a basic civil right.
Amnesty International encourages the U.S. House of Representatives to allow the question of habeas corpus to be debated in an open forum as a step forward in fixing the disaster Congress created last year by the passage of the Military Commissions Act.