Friday, September 21, 2007

Indefinte Detention Law Continues!

from Denounce Torture website:

Senate Falls Short of Restoring Habeas
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Your help needed to gain four more Senator's support!
The Senate held a cloture vote today on the Leahy-Specter amend-
ment to restore habeas corpus. We needed 60 votes for cloture, and while we fell short (the vote was 56 Yeas to 43 Nays) we picked
up additional Senators this time. (The vote to retain habeas during
the passage of the Military Commissions Act had been 51-48.) The
House should continue forward with it's efforts to restore habeas,
and we can continue to ask Reps to support that effort, as we work
to pick up the extra 4 Senators that we need for restoration in the
The vote count: All Democrats and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voted
yes to advance the Leahy-Specter habeas amendment as did six
Republicans: Specter (PA), Sunnunu (NH), Smith (OR), Hagel
(NE), Lugar (IN) and Snowe (ME). Senator Liberman (I-CT)
voted "No" as did all the remaining Republicans, with the
exception of Senator Chambliss (GA) who did not vote. (You can
look up your Senators here) Please express

your thanks to the Senators who supported the Leahy-Specter Amendment
to restore habeas corpus, and express your disapointment to your Senators
if they voted against restoring this fundamental safeguard. You can call
their office at 202 224-3121. Please be accurate, brief, and courteous when speaking to them!

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