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Restore the Constitution Act of 2007

Gabe Rottman,
Legislative Counsel,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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April 19, 2007

Just wanted to note that presidential hopeful and habeas hero, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), added Mr. H as his MySpace friend yesterday. As many of you know, Senator Dodd is the primary sponsor of the “Restore the Constitution Act of 2007,” the comprehensive fix to the MCA.Far be it from me to steal the spotlight from the good Senator. I like his style:

I take a backseat to no one when it comes to protecting this country from terrorists,” said Sen. Dodd, a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee and an outspoken opponent of the MCA. “But there is a right way to do this and a wrong way to do this. It’s clear the people who perpetrated these horrendous crimes against our country and our people have no moral compass and deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But in taking away their legal rights, the rights first codified in our country’s Constitution, we’re taking away our own moral compass, as well.

Thanks also to co-sponsors: Bingaman (NM), Boxer (CA), Brown (OH), Feingold (WI), Harkin (IA), Kennedy (MA), Lautenberg (NJ), Leahy (VT), Menendez (NJ), Mikulski (MD), and Sanders (I-VT). Keep an eye out today for a full rundown of the legislative landscape on MCA, MCA repeal and MCA repair. I’ll try and do the 300 word primer.

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