Lloyd quotes Specter on the Senate floor, from Those Confusing Habeas Corpus Bill Numbers – And The Important Text:
“I don’t think that there’s a more important issue to come before this body,” said Specter on the Senate floor.”
“What happens in Iraq obviously is of enormous importance, but if we lose the basic fundamental rights to require evidence before somebody is held in detention, if we lose the right of habeas corpus, it is a very sad day in America.”
I gots somethings else to quote. First, from the same article:
From the Military Commissions Act, here’s subsection (e):
“No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider an application for a writ of habeas corpus filed by or on behalf of an alien detained by the United States who has been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or is awaiting such determination.”
That’s the downright un-American nonsense the Specter-Leahy bill will get rid of.
And here’s something else, from the Senate roll call of the votes on that downright un-American Military Commissions Act:
Specter (R-PA), Yea
Specter’s like OJ: Still looking for the killer.