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Monday, September 18, 2006

Take Action for Human Rights

10 days ago, President Bush launched an all-out assault on justice, rule of law and human dignity. In the name of national security, the President proposed new legislation that would authorize indefinite detention, unfair trials and immunity for people who may have inflicted torture or cruel treatment on people in detention. This is not the America we believe in. The America we believe in should lead the world on human rights.

The Geneva Conventions insure that the United States has legal redress against those that would abuse our soldiers and citizens. To now pass laws that bypass the Geneva conventions puts our soldiers at great risk.

By supporting Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, the Supreme Court has upheld international law calling for fair trials and prohibiting torture and other cruel and degrading treatment. Our elected representatives need to maintain this ruling by rejecting any proposals that would weaken the Geneva Conventions, allowing for unfair trials and ill-treatment of people in detention.

If you have time, ask your Senator or Representative to vote AGAINST any proposal that would:
  1. Authorize unfair trials that would allow the accused to be convicted on the basis of secret or coerced evidence

  2. Allow for the use of interrogation techniques that amount to torture or ill-treatment

  3. Undermine the fundamental right of judicial review through habeas corpus proceedings for anyone in detention

  4. Codify a broad definition of "unlawful enemy combatant" that would grant expansive power to the Executive to detain people

  5. Establish retroactive immunity for individuals who may have committed torture and other war crimes

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