I just got this new form email from Senator DeWine. Are we in Bizzaro-world? Are we even talking about the same bill that was passed and signed into law?
Writing and distributing rubbish like this doesn't change what the bill actually states.
Watch out for platitudes offered in place of actual analysis: "consistent with our traditions, our values," and "full, fair, and consistent with American values," etc.
---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Correspondence_Reply@dewine.senate.gov < Correspondence_Reply@dewine.senate.gov>
Date: Oct 25, 2006 9:17 AM
Subject: Correspondence from Senator Dewine
October 25, 2006
Thank you for contacting me regarding the treatment of detainees in U.S.
custody. I appreciate knowing your views on this important issue.
As you know, on June 29, 2006, the Supreme Court held in Hamdan v.
Rumsfeld that the military commissions established by the Department of
Defense to try prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay facility are in
violation of U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions. Since that decision,
the government has applied the Geneva Conventions to all terrorist
suspects in U.S. custody.
Recently, the United States Senate considered the Military Commissions
Act of 2006 (S.3930). I believe that this bill will allow us to question
and try detainees in a way that is consistent with our traditions, our
values, and our place in the world as a free, fair, and democratic nation.
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 does two significant things. First,
it provides clarity and certainty to our CIA officials so that they can
continue a program of questioning high-level terrorism suspects, within
well-defined legal parameters. Second, it outlaws torture and cruel and
inhuman treatment, and it calls for the prosecution of those individuals
who engage in such conduct.
Second, this bill establishes a process to try suspected terrorists and
bring them to justice. The process that we have set up in this
legislation is full, fair, and consistent with American values. This act
will help ensure that individuals are not detained indefinitely without
charges by setting up a process so that the President can begin to charge
individuals who are being detained. Detainees at Guantanamo Bay who are
not American citizens currently receive the Combatant Status Review
Tribunal process. This process allows them to hear the evidence against
them and to contest it. The detainee then has a right to appeal their
detention to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia. Once a detainee is charged with a crime, he does have a right
to counsel, a right to see the evidence against him, and the right to call
witnesses and question his accusers. With this bill, we will show the
world that we can bring our enemy to justice through a process that is
S. 3930 passed the Senate by a vote of 65-34 on September 28, 2006 and was
signed into law by the President on October 17, 2006.
Again, thank you for contacting me. If you need additional assistance,
please feel free to contact me anytime.
Very respectfully yours,
United States Senator
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