Indie Senate candidate blasts Bill Nelson for "torture" vote by Mitch E. Perry

09/29/06

Senate Approves Broad New Rules To Try Terrorism Detainees

The U.S. Senate voted last night to approve a measure on the interrogations and trials of terrorism suspect. The measure would broaden the definition of enemy combatants beyond the traditional definition used in wartime, including noncitizens living in the U.S. as well as those in foreign countries and anyone determined to be an enemy combatant under criteria defined by the President or Secretary of Defense.

It would strip detainees at Guatanamo Bay of the habeas right to challenge their detention in court, relying on procedures known as combatant status review trials. Those trials have looser rules of evidence than the courts.

It would allow evidence seized in this country or abroad without a search warrant to be admitted in trials.

The vote passed the senate 65 to 34, with12 Democrats crossing party lines. One of those was Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson – one of 4 Democrats running for re-election.

WMNF attempted to speak with Senator Nelson – but the Senate was in session for much of the day, as it attempts to wrap up it work for at least the next 6 weeks as it breaks for the Mid Term Election.

WMNF did speak with independent Senate candidate Brian Moore, who said he was speaking for many Floridians today by saying he was disappointed and shocked with the Senator’s vote, which even one Republican Senator, Oregon’s Gordon Smith, believes will be rejected by the Courts (roll tape#1 o.q.�conservatively�)

That’s Brian Moore, and independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, assailing Democrat Bill Nelson for voting for a bill that endorses President Bush’s plans to prosecute and interrogate terrorism suspects. Moore calls it a “vote for torture�… WMNF attempted to speak with Senator Bill Nelson today – he did not get back to us.

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