[Ppnews] Emergency Action Today! Stop the Senate Stealth Amendment on Detainees!

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Wed Nov 9 12:15:41 EST 2005


Emergency Action Today! Stop the Senate Stealth Amendment on Detainees!

Dear Friends,

As allegations of secret CIA torture facilities around the world dominate 
the headlines and the detainees at Guantánamo Bay continue their hunger 
strike, the Center for Constitutional Rights has received word that Senator 
Graham of South Carolina is planning to introduce an amendment to the 
defense appropriations bill that would strip the federal courts of 
jurisdiction and prohibit them from even hearing arguments against 
indefinite detention not only from Guantánamo detainees, but from anyone 
who has the misfortune of finding themselves at any U.S.-run facility 
anywhere, even within the United States.  Do not let this happen! 

PLEASE ALSO CALL YOUR SENATORS RIGHT NOW and urge them to vote against the 
Graham amendment. And please circulate this message widely.

The following Senators are particularly important on this vote.

Lincoln Chaffee (R-RI) (202) 224-2921
Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) (202) 224-5344
Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202) 224-2523
Pete Domenici (R-NM) (202) 224-6621
Bill Nelson (D-Fl) (202) 224-5274
Arlen Specter (R-Pa) (202) 224-4254
Mike Dewine (R-Oh) (202) 224-2315
Brownback (R- KS) (202) 224-6521

Senator Graham’s amendment would destroy the historical separation of 
powers established in our Constitution by endorsing unfettered Executive 
authority and undermining the rule of law fundamental to our Nation’s values.

The Graham amendment would formalize the lawless policies of the Bush 
Administration and result in the continued torture of prisoners held in 
U.S. custody.

It is no secret that vast abuses have taken and continue to take place at 
Guantánamo and other U.S.-run facilities. It is just these abuses that the 
historic writ of habeas corpus is designed to prevent.  As the United 
States Supreme Court noted, this kind of abuse of power “has been 
considered oppressive and lawless” since the Magna Carta.

The Graham Amendment will only serve to reinforce the growing perception 
that the United States has become an enemy of human rights. The Graham 
Amendment is a last minute sneak attack upon the integrity of our 
Constitution and Bill of Rights and will destroy the little amount of good 
will we have achieved as a result of the decisions of the Supreme Court and 
lower courts.

Please join CCR in urging Senator Graham to drop this ill-advised proposal. 
Instead Senator Graham should let the courts complete the judicial inquiry 
that the Supreme Court mandated and he proposes to abort.

Ron Daniels
Executive Director, The Center for Constitutional Rights

To read more about CCR’s work, 
To donate to CCR, 

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