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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:55 PM
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Response from my pro-torture Dem Senator:
I think my letter actually included the phrase "you disgust me". So I'm surprised I got an answer at all. But here it is:



Dear Don:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the detainment and treatment of prisoners captured by the U.S. in the war on terror. As you know, the Senate recently dealt with these issues during its consideration of S. 3930, the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

I voted for this legislation because I believe we need to jumpstart the process to determine the guilt or innocence of hundreds of people the Bush Administration has held in captivity and in limbo for years. Some of these individuals are guilty; others may not be. But until now, no process has been in place to move forward with these prisoners.

I fought the Bush Administration's proposal to abandon the Geneva Convention and allow torture of persons in captivity. I joined with Democratic and Republican Senators to ensure that the final bill preserved the Geneva Convention and barred torture. The final bill also requires evidence to be shared with defendants so they have the ability to defend themselves and bars the use of any evidence obtained by torture.

The final bill has its faults. It does not include the right of habeas corpus for these prisoners. I fought to include the provisions of habeas corpus,and the Bush Administration and Republican leadership resisted these efforts. I will continue to fight so that these prisoners may petition the courts.

Finally, I voted for a Congressional review of the entire system within five years. This effort was defeated by the Republican leadership. Please be assured, though, that I will work with my colleagues to ensure that thorough oversight and a meaningful review of this legislation occurs.

Again, thank you for writing.


Sincerely,

Ken Salazar
United States Senator
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:18 PM
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1. Hopefully, Ken won't be around in five years.
I know this dem is going to work hard for just about any other dem candidate who challenges Ken the DINO.
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:23 PM
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6. OMG they killed Kenny
:) wait for it.

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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:19 PM
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2. "Finally I voted for a Congressional review of the entire system..."
:wtf:

FINALLY? Listen schmuck-Salazar - the five year review was already deep sixed BEFORE you voted for the torture and gulag bill......

:grr:
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:42 PM
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11. What is that shit?
He's asking for love because he voted for the Hopeless Amendments, then voted for the UNAMENDED WH-drafted bill?

That's some quality wiggling there, Dickhead.
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likesmountains 52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:20 PM
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3. I received the exact email...in my letter I even told him not to bother
sending me a canned reply....
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agates Donating Member (743 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:20 PM
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4. That sounds very similar
to the response I got from my Rep. (Herseth). I haven't heard from my Senator (Johnson) yet but expect it'll be the same tired excuses. Morons.
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:37 PM
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9. Yes, they're using the same lie about jump-starting
"the process to determine the guilt or innocence of hundreds of people the Bush Administration has held in captivity and in limbo for years."

In reality, they're voting for the status quo.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:25 PM
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12. How can they jump start anything if there is no Habeas Corpus
How can they find a person guilty without allowing them to defend themselves. It is just plain Un-American.
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:23 PM
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5. The Michigan Democrats called asking for money the day of that vote
They said they need it for my pro-torture Dem. senator's re-election campaign, among other reasons - like our governor's re-election campaign (and I'd be happy to contribute to that).

OOOOH did they get an earful. I ended with, "Today isn't a good day for you to be asking for money. Maybe try again later."
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:27 PM
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7. He belived we need to jump start the process huh?
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:34 PM
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8. Ken is about two-thirds repuke
his letter to you is a lie. he is pro-torture and anti-habeas corpus. period.

shades of nightjuice-campbell
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:39 PM
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10. Ken Salazar (R) Colorado
seriously
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meldroc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:27 PM
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13. I got the exact same canned letter.
Yeah, the "jumpstart the process" argument failed to convince me...

I'll be looking to fire him next time he's up for reelection.

Allard too.
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