ubikcan

September 19, 2007

It’s restore habeas corpus day

Filed under: politics — ubikcan @ 7:44 am

It’s restore habeas corpus day! Congress is scheduled to vote on restoring this right in America.

What’s habeas corpus? It’s the right to not be held unlawfully, for example without charge or going to trial to defend yourself. It was developed to prevent monarchs or sovereigns from just slamming their enemies in prison. Unfortunately the Bush administration abrogated this right last year in what has been called “one of the worst civil liberties measures ever enacted in American history” (ACLU).

Here’s a whip count on how things are going:

Update: It failed to break the Republican filibuster. Seems the GOP is not quite the party of law and order it once was. Here are the people responsible for eroding the rights of Americans:

Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lott (R-MS)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Not Voting – 1

Chambliss (R-GA)

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