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July 11, 2007

Act Now to Restore Habeas Review to Noncitizen Detainees!

We can help return a fundamental due process protection to people detained as "unlawful enemy combatants". Call your senators today and ask them to support the Habeas Corpus Restoration Amendment!

Your U.S. Senators' phone numbers are:
Sen. Lamar Alexander: (202) 224-4944
Sen. Bob Corker: (202) 224-3344

Call Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker and tell them that:

1. The right of habeas corpus is the most fundamental check on executive power in our Constitution. To eliminate habeas corpus review is to eviscerate the system of checks and balances that protects individuals against arbitrary government activity.

2. This right was undermined by the passage of the Military Commissions Act (MCA) in September 2006. The MCA included provisions stripping non-citizens detained by the executive branch as “enemy combatants” of their basic right to file a habeas corpus petition, thereby subjecting detainees to indefinite detention with no meaningful opportunity to petition for release or to protest the legality or conditions of their confinement.

3. The Specter-Leahy amendment repeals provisions of the MCA that eliminated the ability of a court to consider habeas corpus petitions. In guaranteeing that the government must justify to an independent court why a person should be deprived of his or her liberty, habeas corpus review rests at the very core of our nation’s commitment to due process.

More information and talking points are available on Contact Congress at www.aila.org

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 11, 2007 08:09 PM

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