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Hill Response to Gitmo Rebuke

Gabe Rottman,
Legislative Counsel,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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June 6, 2007

From this morning’s Times:

Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the rulings on Monday in two cases added urgency to the push to restore detainees’ right to file habeas corpus suits. Congress eliminated that right last year while redesigning the military tribunals after the Supreme Court struck down the first plan.Mr. Leahy criticized the administration for insisting on an approach to the tribunals “which even conservative courts say no to.”…The Judiciary Committee expects to approve a bipartisan bill restoring habeas corpus. That plan could be added to a Pentagon policy measure making its way through the Senate.[Senator Dianne] Feinstein [D-Cal.] said there should also be a vote as part of that bill to close the Guantánamo detention center. “After this year, I don’t think Guantánamo makes a great deal of sense, if it ever did at all,” she said.

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