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    Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    More Correspondence from Senator Dewine

    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: <>
    Date: Oct 25, 2006 9:17 AM
    Subject: Correspondence from Senator Dewine

    October 25, 2006

    Dear [Audient]:

    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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