In a 56-43 vote, the majority of the Senate today voted for legislation that would have restored habeas corpus rights to military detainees and given them “the right to protest their detention in federal court.” But the roll call fell four votes short of the 60 needed to cut off debate.
Think Progress » Breaking: Senate rejects habeas legislation.
It was just over a year ago that the GOP was referring to Democratic filibuster threats as anti-democratic obstructionism. And now they seem to view it as a sacrament.
“The position urged by the Administration, that we must choose between Constitutional rights and fighting terrorism effectively, is simply wrong. Our strength as a nation, and our status as a world leader, is based in part on the fact that Americans do not choose between national security and liberty; we demand both,” said Sen. Biden.
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