More than 80 attorneys who have been offering free-of-charge legal services to Guantánamo detainees issued a statement Monday supporting Democrat Barack [Hussein] Obama’s presidential bid.
”We are at a critical point in the presidential campaign, and as lawyers who have been deeply involved in the Guantánamo litigation to preserve the important right to habeas corpus, we are writing to urge you to support Senator Obama,” the lawyers said in an open letter dated Monday.
Lawyers signing it included partners from major U.S. law firms and small-town practitioners as well as Michael Ratner, whose New York Center for Constitutional Rights has for years coordinated legal efforts to provide representation to each of the men held without charge at the offshore prison compound in southeast Cuba…
Lawyers signing the letter included East Coast law school professors, who have visited the U.S. Navy base to defend individual detainees, as well as corporate lawyers for Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Yemeni detainees. None of the lawyers who signed the letter are from Florida.
Also among the signers are Wells Dixon and Gitanjali Gutierrez, the only lawyers so far to meet with a formerly CIA-held ”high-value detainee.” Last year, they met with Baltimore-educated captive Majid Khan in a special segregated section of the prison camps. They accuse the U.S. government of subjecting their client to a program of state-sponsored torture.
Just a glimpse of the type of Justices he would put on the Supreme Court folks. He’s left of NARAL when it comes to abortion. If you want to be really afraid of this man check out some of his answers to this questionnaire:
b. Do you agree with the current proposed level of funding for the military? If you agree, explain. If you disagree, how would you distribute the funds?
Spending levels are too high because the Bush Administration has over-extended our military commitments and its unilateralist policies have cost us the assistance of numerous allies who could help share the burden.
A foreign policy that sought better collaboration with our allies — and emphasized diplomacy over military might — would enable us to reduce our military budget, while focusing it more effectively on the fight against international terror. Ultimately, we should invest more in homeland security protection, jobs, education, and health care to achieve the kind of security all Americans deserve.
13. Do you favora. a more progressive income tax?
Yes. In this campaign I have advocated rolling back the Bush tax cuts for the top one-percent of taxpayers (those with incomes of more than $293,000 a year) in order to finance a badly needed expansion of health care coverage for millions of children and the unemployed.
b. a flat tax?
c. a national sales tax?
d. reduction of the capital gains tax?
e. reduction or elimination of the estate tax?
f. elimination of the corporate alternative tax?
No. In fact, I have proposed the closing of notorious corporate tax loopholes that cost the Treasury billions of dollars each year.
g. tax cuts on stock dividends?
15. Do you support total or partial privatization of the Social Security fund? Please explain.
No, I would oppose changes to the basic structure of Social Security, since it has ably served its purpose: providing a necessary safety net to our elderly. I would fight any attempt to privatize Social Security, which would further enrich the financial industry while putting that safety net at risk.
22. Do you support comprehensive, universal, single-payer health care? If not, how would you address the need for healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured?
As chief sponsor of the Cardinal Bernardin Amendment, which would guarantee the right of health care coverage to all Illinois residents, I strongly support the principle of universal health care.
23. Do you favor funding changes for the following:
a. supplemental food programs for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)?
Yes. Funding must be increased here.
b. food stamp allowances?
c. Head Start?
24. Do you support
a. increased funding to develop affordable housing?
b. restrictions to ensure development of low-income rather than market rate housing?
26. Do you favor
a. increased federal aid to public education?
b. vouchers, tuition tax-credits or other any direct public support for parochial or private schools?
28. Do you support
a. the Human Life Amendment?
b. parental or spousal notification or consent to obtain an abortion?
I oppose spousal notification or consent. Regarding parental notification, I would oppose any legislation that does not include a bypass provision for minors who have been victims of, or have reason to fear, physical or sexual abuse.
c. restoration of Medicaid coverage of abortion?
d. a ban on so-called partial birth abortions?
I do not support the recently enacted ban on so-called partial birth abortions because it does not include an exception for the health of the mother.
e. insurance coverage for abortions for federal and military employees and their dependents?
30. Do you support
a. federal funding for stem cell research?
Yes, such research has the potential to treat and cure many diseases. The Bush Administration’s limitations on funding such research for ideological reasons is short-sighted and indefensible.
b. legislation prohibiting stem cell research?
31. Do you support:
a. admissibility of illegally obtained evidence?
b. electronic eavesdropping?
I would not support a continuation of the expansive eavesdropping permitted under the so-called Patriot Act.
c. roving wiretaps?
I would not support the expansive wiretap authority of the Patriot Act, but would permit wiretaps on cell phones where a judge finds probable cause that an individual is engaging in terrorist activity.
d. capital punishment?
In theory, I support capital punishment for a very narrow band of heinous crimes, such as serial killing, child murder, or the commission of terrorist acts resulting in death. I cannot, however, support the death penalty as currently administered in this country, and would favor a national moratorium on the death penalty similar to the one instituted in Illinois.
35. Do you support legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of
While a complete ban on handguns is not politically practicable, I believe reasonable restrictions on the sale and possession of handguns are necessary to protect the public safety.
38. a. Do you favor repeal of the Patriot Act or any of its provisions?
And finally we see why he may have gotten this endorsement:
I would support giving detainees access to counsel. I believe what is occurring today in Guantanamo, where more than 600 detainees are being held without charges or counsel – and many not even identified – is an affront to our Constitution.
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