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November 12, 2005
But wait!

Thankfully, the principles behind habeas corpus may not quite be dead in this country's eyes.

Reconsidering stripping the Guantanamo prisoners of their rights to challenge their detention is a decent first step.

Still, I have to admit I'm confused by some of the legal issues.

In a brief interview Thursday after the 49-42 vote, Graham said his proposal was intended "to correct the balance" in how terror suspects should be treated - as enemy combatants, not as potential criminal defendants.

Well, if you want to define how prisoners (semantics side-stepping aside, that's what they are) should be treated, you could start with the Geneva Conventions.

The idea that the Senate was taking on the Supreme Court over who had final say, or jurisdiction, in this matter is interesting.

The NYTimes Editorial Page, which I rarely visit these days, talks on the same subject.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:12 AM


The idea that the Senate was taking on the Supreme Court over who had final say, or jurisdiction, in this matter is interesting.

Or, perhaps one could say, disingenuous, since it's really both of them against the President, who'd like to reinstate drumhead executions.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at November 12, 2005 12:33 PM

There's a percentage of the Senate that's with the White House on this one. It may not be a large percentage, but as long as it includes the majority party leadership, it can't be counted out quite yet.

Posted by: Anne at November 14, 2005 01:27 PM