For those who still care:
In a 56-43 vote, the Senate today â€œnarrowly rejectedâ€ legislation that would have restored habeas corpus rights to military detainees and given them â€œthe right to protest their detention in federal court.â€ The roll call fell four votes short of the 60 needed to cut off debate.
UPDATE: Full roll call vote HERE.
There’s background over at FireDogLake. It seems absolutely ludicrous to me that we have to be fighting for these rights (laid out 200 years ago!) just two days after we celebrated Constitution Day, but, there you go. Sen. Pete Domenici, New Mexico’s senior senator, was among those who chose to roll back the liberties and rights that our nation’s sons and daughters have fought for in the past and are dying for today.
Speaking of Domenici, NewMexiKen tipped us off that Pete made CREW’s list of the 22 most corrupt members of Congress. Here’s why. I think we can be reasonably certain that CREW doesn’t have a bone to pick with New Mexico, so it’s telling that every Republican member of Congress from the Land of Enchantment was also singled out.