Congress Bows To Bush

New Military Commissions Act gives president more power than ever

If any legislation should have been filibustered, it was this one. But the Democrats, fearful of being tarred as "unpatriotic" in the midterm elections, did not beforehand make a public case for holding up the measure. While many among the Democratic leadership eventually voted against this bill dishonoring who we are, or used to be, they decided against mounting a filibuster.

Senator Patrick Leahy: "This undercuts everything the nation stands for."
photo: Rick Reinhard
Senator Patrick Leahy: "This undercuts everything the nation stands for."

It will take a year or more for appeals to this law to reach the Supreme Court. If any one of the five majority justices in this June's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision resigns or dies by then, George W. Bush will be able to assure this nation and the world that he will continue not allowing the enemy to restrict our freedoms—as proved by the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act.

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