Friday, November 11, 2005

Senate Approves Limiting Rights of U.S. Detainees

Senate Approves Limiting Rights of U.S. Detainees - New York Times:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - The Senate voted Thursday to strip captured 'enemy combatants' at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, of the principal legal tool given to them last year by the Supreme Court when it allowed them to challenge their detentions in United States courts.

The vote, 49 to 42, on an amendment to a military budget bill by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, comes at a time of intense debate over the government's treatment of prisoners in American custody worldwide, and just days after the Senate passed a measure by Senator John McCain banning abusive treatment of them.
So, if you don't like what the Supreme Court decides, just pass a law to fix it? Isn't that going against constitutional law, not to mention international law? Wouldn't this require an amendment to the Constitution? I guess I have a lot to learn about U.S. jurisprudence, but it sure smells like manure to me.

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