Attention conservation notice: if you already know that the Graham amendment is vile and just want to get to the part where we’ll pay, go here.
Further to this post, it appears that there’s a compromise amendment on the table aimed at undercutting the Bingaman amendment:
A bipartisan group of senators reached a compromise Monday that would allow detainees at Guantanamo Bay to appeal the rulings of military tribunals to the federal courts.
Under the agreement, detainees who receive a punishment of 10 years in prison to death would receive an automatic appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Lesser sentences would not receive automatic review, but detainees still could petition the court to hear their cases.
In addition, the 500 or so detainees at the U.S. naval base in Cuba would be allowed to challenge in federal court the procedure under which they were labeled “enemy combatants.”
This is bullshit. Quite apart from anything else, “only” ten years? Oy. But more to the point, habeas corpus is a Good Thing™ and there is no reason to suspend it for “enemy combatants” or anyone else. Digby’s right, it’s the “very foundation of our system of government and the single most important element of liberty”. We do not want to (continue to?) be a country where people disappear. More from that WaPo article:
Graham said he opposed Bingaman’s proposal because it did not correct “lawsuit abuse” by prisoners at Guantanamo, and, he said, it would continue to treat terrorism suspects as criminals by affording them the right to file habeas corpus petitions to fight their detentions in a U.S. court.
The Supreme Court gave that right to the 500 or so prisoners held at Guantanamo in 2004. Many of the prisoners were captured in Afghanistan and have been held at Guantanamo for several years without being charged.
Is this asshole trying to claim we can’t afford to have 500 petitions heard in three years? Tell it to Adel, motherfucker.
The Center for Constitutional Rights has a debunking of seventeen myths and distortions about the Graham amendment; read it all, but here’s a short version:
Myth: Everyone in Guant