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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:49 PM
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Mocking Mukasey: AG warns that Gitmo prisoners could go free on U.S. streets. Dems aren't buying it
Mocking Mukasey
The attorney general warns that Gitmo prisoners could go free on U.S. streets. The Dems aren't buying it.

Raising the prospect that Guantnamo Bay inmates might be unleashed onto the streets of American cities, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Wednesday there is an "urgent" need for Congress to enact a new law governing how federal courts handle legal challenges from detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Cuba.

But Mukasey's plea for quick passage of a significant new counterterrorism measure essentially fell on deaf earsat least from the Democrats who control Congress. "Zero," snapped one key lawmaker, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, when asked the likelihood that Congress will rush to pass the kind of law Mukasey and the Bush administration are seeking. "We don't have to pass anything," said Nadler, who chairs the House subcommittee that has primary jurisdiction over the issue, in a brief hallway interview with NEWSWEEK. "Let the courts deal with it."

The derisive comments from the feisty New York liberaljust moments after Mukasey issued his strong appeal in testimony before the House Judiciary Committeeunderscores the huge and poisonous gulf that now exists between the White House and Congress on virtually every issue related to the War on Terror. No Democrats on the judiciary panel endorsed Mukasey's call Wednesday for new counterterrorism legislation. None of them even bothered to ask him any questions about it. Instead, they essentially ignored what the attorney general portrayed as the Justice Department's top priority for his final six months in office.

Mukasey's plea for action came in response to the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision last month in Boumediene v. Bush, which granted Gitmo detainees the right to challenge their incarceration in federal courts. Since the ruling, American lawyers for Gitmo detainees have flooded the U.S. district court in the District of Columbia with lawsuits seeking their immediate release.

more:http://www.newsweek.com/id/148457
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:51 PM
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1. I don't have any problem with released Gitmo folks.
I am, however, more than a bit queasy about pro-torture Attorneys General.
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:57 PM
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2. Pelosi is probably already making a deal with Mukasey
to override Mr Nadler and get this bullshit law enacted. I'd like to think the Dems would stand up and shit can this thing but the leadership never fail to disappoint me.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:59 PM
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3. impeach Mukasey. And give Schumer a big kick in the ass. nm
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:08 AM
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4. McCain ads will have them moving next door to you, raping your daughter and converting your wife to
Edited on Thu Jul-24-08 12:11 AM by Bozita
... Islam.

Count on it.

on edit: I almost forgot. You already know they're gonna poison your dog too, don'tcha?
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:36 AM
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5. I love my Jerry. Good Congressman.
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