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Specter a Friend or Foe? & Does Bush need to Eliminate the Judicial Branch?

October 16, 2006

The other morning I was listening to Quinn and Rose, and they were bashing Specter hard, saying that he was a thorn in the party’s side. The callers were begging Santorum to back away from Specter, and now I understand why. Read On.>>>

It seems that Arlen Specter put forward 2 versions of a Detainee Bill too mild for the Republicans on the hill, in fact both version actually left Habeas Corpus in place. Imagine that, letting people have a trail and lawyer. (Wow what a concept.)

With that said, he has buckled on other key points. After his reelection in “04” he spoke out on a woman’s right to choose. When the White house got a hold of this, they turned the screws and threatened not to let him head a committee, and he backed down. So Specters backbone is in question, but he is a true moderate in his thinking. But then so am I.

So with that said. The thing with the pressure to get the Bill passed in the White House’s version was. Bush and company were afraid that the lighter version would pass after November 7 and Bush would lose the power to revoke Habeas Corpus.
WaPo

The more extreme version would have deleted the bill’s suspension of habeas corpus rights. The less extreme alternative, which Specter co-sponsored with, Patrick Leahey, [Democrat] and Gordon Smith [Republican] would have allowed detainees to file a single habeas corpus petition after a year of detention.

In fact the Neo-Cons were so determined to defeat Specter’s two versions of the Bill, that Frist swore that they would not hit the floor for vote. This according to the Wa Post article.
Specter said that he was unaware that there was more support out there for his amendments.

Frist “wanted me to limit it to one amendment . . . he wanted to get the bill finished,” Specter said. But “he did not tell me” which bill to bring to the floor.
Specter said the less extreme amendment he sponsored “doesn’t appeal to me for many reasons.” Some habeas corpus petitions succeed on the second try, he said, an option it would not have allowed. “I know they were very nervous about the one that I offered. . . . I could not have pressed an amendment any more strenuously than I did that one,” he said. Call said Frist had not told Specter which amendment to offer.

It’s the little things that make me think I could actually support Specter if he would just grow a set of balls instead of caving to the Neo-Cons on the human rights issues.
ABA
Did These Morons Read the Bill?

The title is a rhetorical question, because it has come out that in a haste to please the Bush-tater, they in fact did not read it. This is just another example, of how far in the dark this country is to the on goings of this administration. Secured in the Bill, besides the removal of Habeas Corpus, is a wakening of the court system itself. (Incase you are not sure of exactly what Habeas Corpus is.)

writ ordering a detained person into court: a writ issued in order to bring somebody who has been detained into court, usually for a decision on whether the detention is lawful.

is the bypass of the court.

This Bill is another step in eliminating the Judicial branch of the government. Many bills that were signed into law over the course of this administration do just that. The Patriot Act is the biggest culprit of all. Followed by HR418 Section 102, paragraph 2.

`(2) NO JUDICIAL REVIEW- Notwithstanding any other provision of law (statutory or nonstatutory), no court, administrative agency, or other entity shall have jurisdiction–
`(A) to hear any cause or claim arising from any action undertaken, or any decision made, by the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to paragraph (1); or
`(B) to order compensatory, declaratory, injunctive, equitable, or any other relief for damage alleged to arise from any such action or decision

The good thing about, HR1070 it is still in committee. The scary part is that it has 50sponcers. HR1070 is way to over the top.

The Intelligence Reform bill also has sections that weaken the power of the judicial branch. I have written on these bills in past diaries and warned on what they held in store for the people.

So do yourself, a favor and a world of good read these bills for starters, and get the word out. We need to stop this move towards Federalism.

ABA

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