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The Founders Writhe in Torment.

“Eliminating habeas is tantamount to letting hundreds of Guantanamo prisoners rot in jail.” After striking a somewhat nonsensical compromise with the McCain-Graham faction, Dubya gets most of his desired detention and torture bill, one which gives him the authority to interpret the Geneva Conventions by fiat and disallows detainees from either invoking the Conventions or challenging their treatment in any court. “‘It replaces the old broken’ military trial system ruled illegal by the Supreme Court with ‘a new broken commission system,’ said Marine Corps Col. Dwight Sullivan, the chief defense counsel for the Defense Department’s Office of Military Commissions. He said ‘it methodically strips rights’ guaranteed by laws and treaties and appears to be unconstitutional.Update: The House GOP get gleeful about the torture bill.

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