Friday, November 11, 2005

Gotta Give Some Republicans Props

Yes, you read that right.

First off, let's look to California's very own Governor, here.

This, for all you Bush-lovers out there, is called taking responsibility and accepting the blame.
It would be nice if an apology was tossed in there, but just how much aberrant behavior can we expect from our California Republicans, anyway?

Speaking of aberrant Republican behavior, we have standing up for the Constitution even when it isn't about the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by Senators Chafee (R-RI), Smith (R-OR), Specter (R-PA), and Sununu (R-NH) when they voted against stripping Guantanamo Bay detainees of their habeus corpus rights.

Here's what they voted against:

The Senate voted Thursday to strip captured "enemy combatants" at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, of the principal legal tool given to them last year by the Supreme Court when it allowed them to challenge their detentions in United States courts.

The vote, 49 to 42, on an amendment to a military budget bill by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, comes at a time of intense debate over the government's treatment of prisoners in American custody worldwide, and just days after the Senate passed a measure by Senator John McCain banning abusive treatment of them.

If approved in its current form by both the Senate and the House, which has not yet considered the measure but where passage is considered likely, the law would nullify a June 2004 Supreme Court opinion that detainees at Guantánamo Bay had a right to challenge their detentions in court.

Nearly 200 of roughly 500 detainees there have already filed habeas corpus motions, which are making their way up through the federal court system. As written, the amendment would void any suits pending at the time the law was passed.

Yes, you read that right. Republicans actually standing up for the rights of detainees. Well, the rights that most Republicans and five Democrats are trying to take away, but let's not harsh the happy, OK?

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