Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Senators who voted for the "enemy combatant" law

Garrison Keillor has helpfully provided this list in his article "A Shameful Retreat from American Values":

Alexander, Allard, Allen, Bennett, Bond, Brownback, Bunning, Burns, Burr, Carper, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Coleman, Collins, Cornyn, Craig, Crapo, DeMint, DeWine, Dole, Domenici, Ensign, Enzi, Frist, Graham, Grassley, Gregg, Hagel, Hatch, Hutchison, Inhofe, Isakson, Johnson, Kyl, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Lieberman, Lott, Lugar, Martinez, McCain, McConnell, Menendez, Murkowski, Nelson of Florida, Nelson of Nebraska, Pryor, Roberts, Rockefeller, Salazar, Santorum, Sessions, Shelby, Smith, Specter, Stabenow, Stevens, Sununu, Talent, Thomas, Thune, Vitter, Voinovich, Warner.

As Keillor points out, "If your college kid were to be arrested in Bangkok or Cairo, suspected of 'crimes against the state,' and held in prison, you'd assume that an American foreign service officer would be able to speak to your kid and arrange for a lawyer, but this may not be true anymore. Be forewarned."

Further: "None of the men and women who voted for this bill has any right to speak in public about the rule of law anymore, or to take a high moral view of the Third Reich, or to wax poetic about the American Idea. Mark their names. Any institution of higher learning that grants honorary degrees to these people forfeits its honor."

And finally: "Our enemies have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They have made us become like them."


Donald Brown said...

thanks for bringing this to our attention, but it's more than a shameful retreat from American values, it's a dangerous precedent for powers given to the President -- which is, more than anything I can think of, not only contrary to what we always thought America was in some sort of "value liberty" sense, but contrary to how the country was formulated, as a place where no single individual can wield an absolute power at his own discretion.

Which is why I think (and hope) Keillor's right that the courts won't let it stand, because it not only lets the executive take power from the judicial, it robs important restraints that the judicial reins upon whatever blinkered monomaniac happens to be President at a given time.

I really like the way Keillor dissed the Senators though, what a rogues' gallery..."they say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings/steal a little and they throw you in jail/steal a lot and they make you king"--Dylan

Anonymous said...

here's another "issue" that i just found today through c. dale young's blog. it's not about senators but congressmen, sort of. Lowell Sun Online
just pathetic...