ACLU Urges Return of Due Process Rights For Government Detainees

April 26, 2007 12:00 am

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WASHINGTON, DC – While the Senate Armed Services Committee met today to review the problematic Military Commissions Act, the American Civil Liberties Union said due process rights must be restored to people illegally detained and tortured by our government.

The following can be attributed to Caroline Fredrickson, Director, Washington Legislative Office:

“Congress can end torture and abuse right now and return due process rights to those detained by our government by passing the Restoring the Constitution Act. The act also revives our commitment to the bedrock principle of habeas, the right to have a court decide whether a person is being held legally or illegally.

Members of Congress made a serious mistake when they supported MCA. They let the president trash the rules of common sense and dignity. America is better than that and Congress now has a chance to prove it.”

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