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Sunday, November 13, 2005

NYU's Law Students For Human Rights is Objectively Anti-Torture 

Below is an action alert created by fellow law students, please take the time to call your Senators on Monday morning.

LAW STUDENTS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

***ACTION ALERT UPDATE***

Friday, November 11, 2005

WHAT HAPPENED

On Thursday, the Senate approved an egregious amendment to the military budget authorization bill (S. 1042). Sponsored by Senator Graham (R-SC), the amendment suspends habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees who have been designated as "enemy combatants" by the Executive Branch. This stealth amendment seeks to deny detainees the 'Great Writ' of habeas corpus--without any public debate.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY OR MONDAY

It's not too late! We can beat this back in the Senate before the bill is forwarded to the House. The Senate might take another vote on this issue next week. Please call your Senators today to let them know you oppose the jurisdiction-stripping provision. Go to www.senate.gov and use the easy drop menu to get the contact info for your Senators!

WHAT'S NEXT?

The latest word is that Senator Bingaman (D-NM) will be introducing a bill on Tuesday that will amend Graham's amendment. Bingaman has been a solid supporter of detainees' rights. You can ask your Senator to actively support Bingaman's proposal.

(And, if you want to get a jumpstart, you can call your House reps too!)

SAMPLE SCRIPT


Hi, this is calling from . I would like to let Senator know that I oppose the amendment that strips U.S. courts of jurisdiction to hear the habeas corpus petitions of Guantanamo detainees. This measure goes too far; habeas corpus is absolutely essential to our freedom. I hope Senator supports efforts to take this dangerous provision out of the military budget bill. Thank you.

These key Senators voted Yea on the amendment on Thursday. If you are from any of these states, let them know it is not too late for them to do the right thing!

Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) (202) 224-5344
Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202) 224-2523
Mike Dewine (R-OH) (202) 224-2315
Sam Brownback (R- KS) (202) 224-6521

Kent Conrad (D-ND) (202) 224-2043

Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (202) 224-5824

Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) (202) 224-4041

Ben Nelson (D-NE) (202) 224-6551

Ron Wyden (D-OR) (202) 224-5244

These Senators did not vote on this amendment on 11/10/05 but might help us.

Corzine (D-NJ) (202) 224-4744

Domenici (R-NM) (202) 224-6621

Hagel (R-NE) (202) 224-4224

Inouye (D-HI) (202) 224-3934

-Ziggy Stardust  19:19 EST | |

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