Human Rights: No More Foxes Guarding the Henhouse
Senator Patrick Leahy — who got cussed out on the Senate floor by Dick “I Got Five Draft Deferments Because I’m Sooo Important” Cheney — will be Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee next January.
Bush will no longer have a rubber stamp every time he tries to delete another section of the Constitution.
Look! Up on Capitol Hill! It’s a Spine!!!
Leahy said his upcoming Chairmanship would be a period of “restoration, repair and renewal” after six years of unchecked power. He also said “Americans’ privacy is a price the Bush administration is willing to pay for the cavalier way it is spawning new databanks. We are way overdue in catching up to the erosion of privacy, and the Judiciary Committee now will help to bring this picture into focus.”
A new subcommittee on human rights will be chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), one of the Far Right’s favorite punching bags. Get ready for a mass hissyfit among rightwing bloggers.
Leahy has also introduced a bill to crack down on war profiteering. This bill would prohibit profiteering or fraud by contractors in connection with any war, relief or reconstruction efforts. It’ll be interesting to see who votes against it.