Monday, September 25, 2006

Deja Fool

Specter Objects to Part of Detainee Bill
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he has a problem with the Republican agreement on rules for the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on terror.

President Bush is pushing Congress to put the agreement into law before adjourning for the midterm elections, but Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Sunday he "vigorously" disagrees with the habeas corpus provision of the bill.

The provision would allow legal counsel and a day in court to only those detainees selected by the Pentagon for prosecution. Other terror suspects could be held indefinitely without a hearing.

"The courts have traditionally been open to make sure that individual rights are protected, and that is fundamental," Specter said on CNN's "Late Edition. "And the Constitution says when you can suspend the writ of habeas corpus, in time of rebellion or invasion. And we don't have either. So that has to be changed, in my opinion."

Specter scheduled a hearing on the issue for Monday. Otherwise, he said, most of the legislation is a "big improvement" over what Bush originally proposed.

How many times is this movie going to be re-run? The over/under on the interval between (a) the moment when Arlen imitates a Senator and (b) when the Dick tightens Arlen's choke collar and he pronounces himself satisfied has to be about 72 hours.

There is no better example in contemporary politics of sound and fury signifying nothing than Arlen Specter pretending to question the Bush Administration.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ain't it the truth. Any chance anyone (like a Democrat who wants to be a leader) will ever call him on it?? I know, in my dreams. I mean, Bill Clinton has other things to do besides being the only Democrats with a spine.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

Maybe this bill will become law, but it will be challenged, and it will end up with at the Supreme Court where it will (I hope) be declared unconstitutional. But that's gonna take a while.

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Splitting the difference between an ill rational position and a minimally acceptable position will result in a very poor compromise.

9:34 AM  

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