Friday, November 17, 2006

The Lazarus Act 

Senator Chris Dodd dusts off the defibrillator and tries to get Lady Liberty to show off that sexy pulse she's been hiding from us lately:

[Dodd] introduced legislation which would amend existing law in order to have an effective process for bringing terrorists to justice. This is currently not the case under the Military Commission Act, which will be the subject of endless legal challenges.

The Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act:

Restores Habeas Corpus protections to detainees

Narrows the definition of unlawful enemy combatant to individuals who directly participate in hostilities against the United States who are not lawful combatants

Bars information gained through coercion from being introduced as evidence in trials
Empowers military judges to exclude hearsay evidence they deem to be unreliable

Authorizes the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to review decisions by the Military commissions

Limits the authority of the President to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions and makes that authority subject to congressional and judicial oversight

Provides for expedited judicial review of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to determine the constitutionally of its provisions

Although we should eliminate the category "unlawful enemy combatant" instead of merely narrow its definition, it seems this is a fine start. Let's see where it goes.

I hereby nominate Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd for the first annual AmCop Not-A-Total-Fascist of the Year Award!

UPDATE: The title of the Act sucks in a particularly annoying way, but whatever.


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