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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-20-08 02:23 AM
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7. Here....Obama, the constitutional scholar, and Former Prez of the Harvard Law Review.....
Will he uphold the constitution? That's been his life passion, so why shouldn't he? :shrug:

Obama Says Gitmo Facility Should Close

The Democratic presidential hopeful pledged to work side-by-side with the rest of the world on issues like nuclear proliferation, poverty, economic development in Latin America and the violence in Darfur.

"While we're at it," he said, "we're going to close Guantanamo. And we're going to restore habeas corpus. ... We're going to lead by example _ by not just word but by deed. That's our vision for the future."

Habeas corpus is a tenet of the Constitution that protects people from unlawful imprisonment

Human Rights Should Be Bigger than Politics
Senator Barack Obama delivered this speech on the floor of the US Senate, in reaction to Senate passage of S. 3930, Military Commissions Act of 2006, which approved US torture of detainees and strips Constitutional rights away from detainees.
Senator Obama decries the placement of politics over human rights, and condemns S. 3930. He states, "This is not how a serious Administration would approach the problem of terrorism."

excerpts from Obama's statement...

In the five years that the President's system of military tribunals has existed, not one terrorist has been tried. Not one has been convicted. And in the end, the Supreme Court of the United found the whole thing unconstitutional, which is why we're here today.

We could have fixed all of this in a way that allows us to detain and interrogate and try suspected terrorists while still protecting the accidentally accused from spending their lives locked away in Guantanamo Bay. Easily. This was not an either-or question.

Instead of allowing this President - or any President - to decide what does and does not constitute torture, we could have left the definition up to our own laws and to the Geneva Conventions, as we would have if we passed the bill that the Armed Services committee originally offered.

Instead of detainees arriving at Guantanamo and facing a Combatant Status Review Tribunal that allows them no real chance to prove their innocence with evidence or a lawyer, we could have developed a real military system of justice that would sort out the suspected terrorists from the accidentally accused.

And instead of not just suspending, but eliminating, the right of habeas corpus - the seven century-old right of individuals to challenge the terms of their own detention, we could have given the accused one chance - one single chance - to ask the government why they are being held and what they are being charged with.

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  -Is Obama promising to enforce the Constitution? JDPriestly  Jan-20-08 02:05 AM   #0 
  - Nope. The 2 $100million candidates are mum and mute on these subjects, sadly. nt  Impeachment_Monkey   Jan-20-08 02:12 AM   #1 
  - Maybe if you tried to listen to Obama's campaign speech...  mckeown1128   Jan-20-08 07:40 AM   #29 
     - I've listened to quite a bit of Obama, but somehow missed that  Impeachment_Monkey   Jan-20-08 03:04 PM   #31 
  - No, but you will have plenty of Hope and Change. nt  Bluebear   Jan-20-08 02:14 AM   #2 
  - your a real pice of work  Egnever   Jan-20-08 02:17 AM   #3 
  - Darn it!  TwoSparkles   Jan-20-08 02:38 AM   #17 
     - Edwards . . .  Bluebear   Jan-20-08 07:35 AM   #27 
     - why in (((HELL)) would a gay person support Obama??  jonnyblitz   Jan-20-08 07:38 AM   #28 
        - maybe cause he has been passing legislation that helps Gays his entire career?  Egnever   Jan-20-08 03:19 PM   #33 
  - Every stump speech  sandnsea   Jan-20-08 02:18 AM   #4 
  - No, and the Hill-bama bunch don't seem to care much.  Jamastiene   Jan-20-08 02:18 AM   #5 
  - Sadly you are completely misinformed  Egnever   Jan-20-08 02:26 AM   #11 
  - You need to take a chill pill....  FrenchieCat   Jan-20-08 02:27 AM   #12 
     - Funny, I posted the same exact thing in both threads  Jamastiene   Jan-20-08 03:16 AM   #19 
        - Yes it speaks volumes about your hatred and devisivenss  Egnever   Jan-20-08 03:58 AM   #22 
  - Obama has promised to end illegal wiretapping  Egnever   Jan-20-08 02:19 AM   #6 
  - Here....Obama, the constitutional scholar, and Former Prez of the Harvard Law Review.....  FrenchieCat   Jan-20-08 02:23 AM   #7 
  - That floor speech is so good!  Egnever   Jan-20-08 02:38 AM   #16 
     - Did you happen to hear his in-depth interview with the SF Chronicle?  FrenchieCat   Jan-20-08 02:43 AM   #18 
        - distractor?  Jamastiene   Jan-20-08 03:18 AM   #20 
           - distractor  FrenchieCat   Jan-20-08 03:21 AM   #21 
  - Will close guantanamo  Egnever   Jan-20-08 02:23 AM   #8 
  - Yes/Yes/Yes  zulchzulu   Jan-20-08 02:24 AM   #9 
  - Will end torture  Egnever   Jan-20-08 02:25 AM   #10 
  - Thanks for the answers.  JDPriestly   Jan-20-08 02:28 AM   #13 
  - Is the only constitutional scholar in the race!  Egnever   Jan-20-08 02:30 AM   #14 
  - Yes, Obama is a Constitutional Scholar...  TwoSparkles   Jan-20-08 02:34 AM   #15 
  - kick  cali   Jan-20-08 06:15 AM   #23 
  - Progressive groups give Hillary a higher score than Obama on Human Rights & Civil Liberties.  Perry Logan   Jan-20-08 06:30 AM   #24 
  - Right, the Bill and Hill Foundation for Progressive Clintonism.  dailykoff   Jan-20-08 06:46 AM   #26 
  - Yes, and maybe you should try listening to what he says  dailykoff   Jan-20-08 06:44 AM   #25 
  - Obama has been talking about this ever since he got in the race.  Connie_Corleone   Jan-20-08 07:55 AM   #30 
  - Yes to all three. They are regular mentions in his campaign speeches.  hnmnf   Jan-20-08 03:09 PM   #32 

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