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  1. Beth

    Go Lucy!
    And on a related note, go Neva!! I’ve been following your blog about the journey toward this weekend’s tri, and I wanted to wish you luck in this forum so that we could all be thinking of you during the race. Good luck!! Please let us know how it goes.

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  2. tregen

    Response to from Cornyn to my sister (writing to urge changing Habeas Corpus under Military Commissions act)
    Thank you for contacting me regarding legislation pertaining to the
    Military Commissions Act; I appreciate having the benefit of your comments
    on this important matter.  In September 2006, Congress overwhelmingly
    passed the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of 2006 (S. 3930), which will be
    used to prosecute unlawful enemy combatants—such as members of al
    Qaeda—who
    have played key roles in terrorist attacks on the United States.  In
    addition to establishing procedures for military tribunals, the legislation
    also clearly defines the obligations of our intelligence professionals in
    the field as they interrogate captured terrorists.  Without such clarity,
    our intelligence community would not be able to conduct these necessary
    interrogations, and we would lose a critical tool in the War on Terror.
    Some critics claim that this measure would permit torture or allow the
    mistreatment of detainees. They further argue that it does not provide
    sufficient rights for captured terrorists to challenge their detentions.
    In fact, the legislation neither permits the mistreatment of detainees nor
    prohibits a detainee from having a fair process with which to challenge his
    detention.
    The policy of the U.S. is, and always has been, to treat all detainees
    humanely. Torture is illegal under current U.S. laws and under our
    international treaty obligations, such as the Geneva Conventions and U.N.
    Convention Against Torture. Further, Congress passed legislation in
    December 2005 that prohibited all cruel, inhuman, and degrading
    treatment—as defined by the U.S. Constitution—for all detainees in U.S.
    custody, regardless of where they are held. Nothing in S.3930 changes
    that. In fact, torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment are
    considered a grave breach of our international obligations, and we have
    clearly defined such as war crimes under U.S. laws. Although no one
    expects that al Qaeda will ever follow the laws of war, the U.S. can stand
    proud, fully meeting its treaty obligations while aggressively bringing
    terrorists to justice.
    It is important to note that torture and overly coercive treatment do not
    yield good intelligence. Detainees will simply tell their captors what
    they want to hear in order to end the treatment. But American’s national
    security requires that we continue an effective, aggressive interrogation
    program that is consistent with U.S. laws and treaty obligations.
    Intelligence gained through the CIA’s High Value Terrorist Detention
    Program has been critical to capturing al Qaeda operatives and preventing
    additional terrorist attacks against the U. S. And as a result of the MCA
    of 2006, that important program will continue protecting America. The
    Senate passed S. 3930 on September 28, 2006, by a vote of 65 to 34, and
    President George W. Bush signed it into law (P.L. 109-366) on October 17,
    2006.
    Some have mistakenly suggested that terrorists will have an inadequate
    right—or no right at all—to challenge their detentions. This is
    simply not
    true. While the legislation prevents detainees from frivolously suing the
    U.S. government and our men and women in uniform, captured terrorists still
    may challenge their imprisonment.
    As required by the Detainee Treatment Act, passed in 2005 (P.L. 109-163),
    each detainee currently has the right to appear before a Combatant Status
    Review Tribunal (CSRT) to challenge his detention. A detainee may
    challenge the CSRT decision in a federal court, and seek a review by the
    Supreme Court. In fact, a detainee under the U.S. system has a number of
    procedural protections that a captured American soldier would not have,
    even under the Geneva Conventions.
    The new law will not provide al Qaeda terrorists with the same legal rights
    available to U.S. citizens accused of a crime. But it will ensure that
    terrorists like Khalid Sheik Mohammed are finally brought to justice and
    that the U.S. is not forced to hand over classified national security
    information that would then find its way to other terrorists. It will also
    allow aggressive interrogation techniques, some of them not to be made
    public, that have already proven their value in preventing attacks on the
    homeland and U.S. military forces.
    We are a compassionate nation, and a civilized one. But it is the duty of
    those in public office to ensure the safety and security of our citizens,
    first and foremost. Texans can be confident I will do everything possible
    in the U.S. Senate to ensure that we fulfill this primary responsibility.
    I appreciate the opportunity to represent you in the United States Senate.
    Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
    Sincerely,
    JOHN CORNYN
    United States Senator
    517 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-2934
    Fax: (202) 228-2856
    http://www.cornyn.senate.gov

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