Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Stabenow can redeem herself, maybe...

Shortly before the election in 2006, Senator Stabenow voted for the Military Commissions Act. This was the legislation that, among other things, suspended habeas corpus, insulated torturers from prosecution, and basically shredded one of the most ancient laws of the Western world: the right to a fair trial.

Her excuse for voting for this despicable law was that although it was not perfect, it was a necessary law (even though most of her Democratic colleagues voted against it). She attempted to justify her vote by stating that there would be new laws that would rectify the injustices (my word, not hers) that this law created.

Now she has the opportunity to make amends for her lapse in judgment. A new piece of legislation has been proposed: Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007 (S. 576). Contact her about this and remind her that she has said she would support legislation like this. Her contact information is:
Senator Debbie Stabenow
133 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4822
e-mail: senator@stabenow.senate.gov

You can read the full bill here. While you're at it, contact Dave Camp to support the House version: H.R. 1415. Of course, he won’t support it, but it never hurts for him to know that people are watching his rubber-stamping ways.

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