Last night I got a letter from Congressman Nadler. In July, 2007, some of you helped in crafting a petition that many have signed, and still could use more signatures:
I wanted to share the letter with you, and to point out that the more signatures acquired will strengthen what Congress Nadler is doing for us as Americans to assure our Constitution.
You also might exercise yourown empowerment in writing your Congressional Representatives and Senators about this as well. They all have websites too, and this way you can start getting your money’s worth for what it costs us to have government ! Actually, I look forward to them being more cost effective in doing the work for and of the people.
Thank you for informing me of your support for the restoration of habeas corpus and the preservation of our Constitution.
I m pleased that you took the time to share your views.
As you are likely aware, in 2006 the thenRepublican led Congress passed the Military Commissions Act (MCA) which contained many troubling provisions.
Chief among the MCA s problems is its assault upon our most cherished civil rights, including the right to a free and impartial hearing to challenge one’s confinement by the government.
Since the adoption of the Magna Carta almost 800 years ago, the principle of habeas corpus has been the most important instrument for the safeguarding of individual freedom against arbitrary state action.
The power the President asserts, and the MCA granted, removes this protection and allows the President to indefinitely detain someone without access to an impartial judge simply by declaring them an unlawful enemy combatant. This tyrannical authority must not continue.
To set our country back on the proper constitutional footing, I am pleased to inform you that I, along with Congresswoman Jane Harman, have introduced H.R. 1415, the Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007, and H.R. 1416, the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007.
H.R. 1415 would ensure that innocent people are afforded due process of law by narrowing the definition of unlawful enemy combatant to those individuals who directly participate in hostilities against the U.S. or who aided in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Further, this bill would ban the use in military commissions of evidence gathered by coercion and restore cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, as well as the denial of trial rights, as war crimes punishable under the War Crimes Act.
The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act focuses on two particularly important rights that would be reestablished under the Restoring the Constitution Act.
This bill would undo the MCA s provision that stripped federal courts of jurisdiction to consider applications for writs of habeas corpus filed by persons designated by the President as unlawful enemy combatants.
This bill would also restore some of our treaty obligations under the Geneva Conventions.
Taken together, both H.R. 1415 and 1416 would ensure that we concentrate our efforts on detaining and prosecuting terrorists, while returning the centuries old protections that are necessary for the continuation of our free society.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your views.
Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I may be of assistance on this or any other matter of concern.
Member of Congress