Call today to say "no" to kangaroo courts
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From: "Njambi Good, Amnesty International USA"
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:22:14 -0700
Subject: Call today to say "no" to kangaroo courts
To: Sara Jones <mockingbirdsing1@...>
The U.S. Senate will vote very soon on changes to military commissions
legislation that could deal a costly blow to our efforts to restore
justice in the United States during the post-Bush era.
Senators have come under pressure to bring back military commissions –
what you and I have come to know as "kangaroo courts".
What's worse is that the changes the Senate is considering – which
were passed in the House as part of the National Defense Authorization
Act of 2010 – would make these courts permanent with no exceptions,
not even for minors.
The military commissions, designed by politicians, do not meet
international, U.S. or even the U.S. military's standards for
fairness. Those responsible for terrorism must be held accountable.
But real justice requires a real court.
Fortunately, we have a number of key allies in Congress and the White
House in the fight to rid our judicial system of kangaroo courts and
get the United States back on track to restoring justice.
Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the Military Commissions Act
of 2006, which authorized the use of the commissions.
Help us make sure it's the act's last anniversary.
Contact your Senators:
Sen. Orrin Hatch
Phone: (202) 224-5251
Sen. Robert Bennett
Phone: (202) 224-5444
Make sure to say your name, that you are a voter in their state, and
that they should:
Oppose military commissions and indefinite detention.
Ensure that Guantánamo detainees are either charged and fairly tried
in U.S. federal courts, or released.
Support President Obama's decision to close the detention facility at
Once you've completed your call, please take a moment to report out on
how it went. We promise it will only take a minute – and it will help
us inform our strategy with individual lawmakers and keep a tally of
the number of calls.
Thank you for all you do --
Njambi, Geneve, Zeke, Tom and the rest of the Counter Terror with
Justice campaign team
P.S. To find more information about your Senators please visit our
Elected Officials Search page.
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