Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy Wants Detained Terrorists to have Habeas Corpus Rights

First we hear that we just may have House Majority Leader John Murtha. Now there’s word that Patrick “Leaky” Leahy wants to ensure that terrorists detained at Gitmo have full Habeas Corpus rights:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) — A battle is shaping up between Democrats and the White House over the Military Commissions Act, signed into law last month by President George W. Bush.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is expected to take over as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and The (Calif.) Daily Journal reports that Leahy is drafting a bill to undo portions of the new law in an effort to restore habeas corpus rights for enemy combatants.

A spokeswoman for Leahy told the newspaper the bill would be intended to repeal portions of the law that prevent some detainees from pursuing federal court challenges to the government’s authority to hold them indefinitely.

Spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told the newspaper the goal is to “try and do something to reverse the damage.”

Scott L. Silliman, Director of the Center for Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law, told the newspaper an attempt to amend the law could set up a partisan showdown in Congress, and possibly a presidential veto.

Civil rights attorneys filed a constitutional challenge to the act after Bush signed it Oct. 17, the Journal said.

Yep, that’s the Democrats for ya. They’re the party for terrorists rights.

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