Saturday, November 12, 2005

Senators vote to deny civil rights

Date:     Sat, 12 Nov 2005 12:40:05 -0800 (PST)
From:     "Richard Wolfe" <richardrwolfe@yahoo.com>
Subject:     Senators vote to deny civil rights
To:     letterstotheeditor@pressherald.com

Dear Editor:

This past Thursday, both of our Senators voted in favor of denying “enemy combatants” access to federal courts.

The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay will have no recourse other than a challenge on the narrow question of whether the government followed procedures established by the defense secretary at the time the military determined their status as enemy combatants, which is subject to an annual review.

There was no coverage of the vote in this newspaper, but I think that Mainers would want to know of this action by their senators. The citizens of this state have a strong and abiding respect for their own rights and liberties, and they are proud of their country’s historic leadership among democratic nations. They would not want to see it compromised and sullied in this way.

And they have a choice. They can choose to vote for new senators. Perhaps they will, if they realize what company their representatives in Washington are getting them into in voting to abridge civil rights. It is not the company of our fellow democratic nations, but rather more in keeping with less-than-democratic regimes around the world and throughout history.


2 Comments:

Blogger Jim H said...

"Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for Ms. Snowe, characterized her boss's concerns this way: 'Do we need all those lawyers going down there to hear their complaints? It seems a little extreme to her. After all, we're talking about enemy combatants.'"

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November 14, 2005 2:35 PM  
Blogger Richard Wolfe said...

"Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for Ms. Snowe, characterized her boss's
concerns this way: 'Do we need all those lawyers going down there to
hear their complaints? It seems a little extreme to her. After all, we're talking about un-American activities.'"

November 14, 2005 2:54 PM  

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