Thursday, February 15, 2007

Undoing the MCA

Remember the awful Military Commissions Act passed by Congress last year shortly before the mid-terms? Spender Ackerman tells us a pair of Democrats are introducing legislation that would effectively undo it:

Word comes down that tomorrow Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are going to introduce a bill to radically reform the constitutionally-challenged system of terrorism detainee prosecutions. Known as the Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act, the bill, according to
, would reintroduce habeas corpus protections to Guantanamo Bay detainees; create an independent court review to military commission rulings; and bar information obtained through "coercion" (read: torture); among other provisions.

As he notes, such a bill would face considerable opposition from Republicans and the White House. But as I said regarding legislation de-funding the war in Iraq, it's a beginning.

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