Patty Murray Needs Your Encouragement

Bob Geiger reports on the…

…status of cosponsorship on the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007, a bill by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) that would “…restore habeas corpus for those detained by the United States.” At that point, the legislation had 23 cosponsors — 22 Democrats and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont — and I thought I would check back in today and see who has stepped up to show leadership on this issue since then.

The current list of sponsors includes Washington state’s junior Senator, Maria Cantwell. But, surprisingly, Sen. Patty Murray is absent from the list.

That means it is time for a letter….

Dear Sen. Murray,

One of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of America was the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that removed the right of habeas corpus from millions. There is now a bill introduced by Sen. Specter called the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 that will reverse this abomination.

This is an extremely important piece of legislation. It restores habeas corpus to non-citizens (including some 12 million permanent residents who, under the current law, can be held indefinitely and with no legal recourse), and allows them to challenge arbitrary detention in the U.S. court system.

I was surprised to see that you are not a cosponsor of this bill.

Please cosponsor this legislation, and do whatever it takes to enact it into law. Lets minimize this ugly blemish on American history.



Click here to send your own letter to Sen. Murray. Or call the toll-free number at the U.S. Capitol at (800) 862-5530, or Sen. Murray’s office directly at (202) 224-2621, or send a Fax to (202) 224-0238.

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3 Responses to “Patty Murray Needs Your Encouragement”

  1. GeoCrackr Says:

    I don’t understand why you’re surprised — Murray was the one who admonished the state legislature for considering an impeachment resolution, after all.

  2. N in Seattle Says:

    Not to defend either of those actions on Patty’s part, but there’s no particular connection between the two.

  3. GeoCrackr Says:

    Au contraire — the connection is that both are the result of an abandonment of her Constitutional responsibilities and a renouncement of her oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Another case in point: I haven’t looked at the roll call yet, but at 97-0 I’m assuming that she voted for the recent declaration of war against Iran. And this is only off the top of my head; I’m sure I could dig up more examples with minimal effort.

    This is not hyperbole. This is a simple statement of fact regarding the end of our constitutional form of government resulting from the Congressional Dems failing to defend us against an unconstitutional power grab.

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