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Thursday, 16 November, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kate Szostak
November 16, 2006 202-224-5372

DODD: EFFECTIVE TERRORISTS PROSECUTION ACT WILL BRING TERRORISTS TO JUSTICE; HONOR AMERICA’S GOOD NAME

Washington- Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), an outspoken opponent of the
Military Commission Act of 2006, today introduced legislation which
would amend existing law in order to have an effective process for
bringing terrorists to justice. This is currently not the case under the
Military Commission Act, which will be the subject of endless legal
challenges. As important, the bill would also seek to ensure that U.S.
servicemen and women are afforded the maximum protection of a strong
international legal framework guaranteed by respect for such provisions
as the Geneva Conventions and other international standards, and to
restore America’s moral authority as the leader in the world in
advancing the rule of law.

“I take a backseat to no one when it comes to protecting this country
from terrorists,” Sen. Dodd said. “But there is a right way to do this
and a wrong way to do this. It’s clear the people who perpetrated these
horrendous crimes against our country and our people have no moral
compass and deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But
in taking away their legal rights, the rights first codified in our
country’s Constitution, we’re taking away our own moral compass, as well.”

    The Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act:

  • Restores Habeas Corpus protections to detainees
  • Narrows the definition of unlawful enemy combatant to individuals who
    directly participate in hostilities against the United States who are
    not lawful combatants
  • Bars information gained through coercion from being introduced as evidence in trials
  • Empowers military judges to exclude hearsay evidence the deem to be unreliable
  • Authorizes the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to review
    decisions by the Military commissions
  • Limits the authority of the President to interpret the meaning and
    application of the Geneva Conventions and makes that authority subject
    to congressional and judicial oversight
  • Provides for expedited judicial review of the Military Commissions Act
    of 2006 to determine the constitutionally of its provisions

“We in Congress have our own obligation, to work in a bipartisan way to
repair the damage that has been done, to protect our international
reputation, to preserve our domestic traditions, and to provide a
successful mechanism to improve and enhance the tools required by the
global war on terror,” Dodd said.

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