If this amendment goes through, were handing the government power to throw anyone into prison for any reason. This would be a frightening power to give to anyone, under any circumstances, but today it isnt a theoretical threat. Theyve already abused this power. Weve seen completely innocent people murdered while in military detention. Many prisoners at Guantanamo were guilty of nothing more than being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Some were sold into detention. And as hilzoy points out over at Obsidian Wings, we continue to hold prisoners at Guantanamo even after we know that they are not enemy combatants. If Lindsey Grahams atrocity goes through, those perfectly innocent people will have no means of challenging their status, no means of escape.Habeas corpus is one of the foundations of our freedom; the right to not be disappeared. Don't let Chimpy and "Torture" Cheney take it away.
Senator Boxer assures me she'll vote against, Senator Feinstein is going to try to remember she isn't a Republican.