I don't comment on politics very often on this blog, partly because, given the politics of both the majority of Pagans and Quakers, I'd be preaching to the choir, and partly because that's just not the focus of this blog: I try to write about what's bubbling in my spiritual life rather than on the news.
But I am deeply concerned about this issue, and seeing any reason at all to hope that we may turn back from the soulless folly of our policy on "enemy combatants" touches me in a very tender place. To bring back habeas corpus is just a beginning, of course, and even Christopher Dodd's proposed legislation (which does go farther than the version recently approved by the Judiciary Committee) to ban use of evidence obtained by torture and to reaffirm the Geneva Convention does not go far enough. But it is at least a beginning.
More information is available at The Nation, at Pittsburgh School of Law's The Jurist, and at Christopher Dodd's own website. The Friends' Committee on National Legislationoffers its perspective here, and you can find out more news, and learn about ways to become involved, by visiting the ACLU'sFind Habeas.
(Thanks to Christine at Quiet Paths for the link to the Dodd video; with no TV, I'd never have seen it on my own.)
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