Press release: “Following up on their earlier efforts to prevent the stripping of fundamental legal protections in the Military Commissions Act, Senators Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have introduced the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2006 [Congressional Record text]. The bill would restore basic legal and human rights for 12 million lawful permanent residents in the United States that were rolled back as a result of the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.”
“I am pleased to join the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and cosponsor the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2006 [S. 4081]. This bill would restore the great writ of habeas corpus, a cornerstone of American liberty for hundreds of years that Congress and the President rolled back in an unprecedented and unnecessary way with Septembers Military Commissions Act. I am also pleased to join Senator Dodd as a cosponsor of the Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act of 2006 [S. 4060]. That bill would likewise restore the liberties guaranteed by the writ of habeas corpus. It would also correct many of the other very disturbing provisions of the Military Commissions Act by narrowing that Act’s extremely broad definition of “unlawful enemy combatants,” excluding evidence obtained by coercion, and allowing defendants to review evidence used against them.”
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