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  •  You beat me to it (9+ / 0-)

    I was just going to post a diary on this myself.  NPR was just giving pretty extensive coverage to it.  The JAG lawyers have consistently been profiles in courage in this area.  I used to work pretty closely with JAG officers on civil cases, and there isn't a law firm or government legal office with which I've ever dealt whose integrity I would rate any more highly than that of the JAG officers.  But are the majority of the Republicans impressed with what they say?  Apparently not.

    Duncan Hunter actually had the temerity to argue with the chief JAG officers about their position.  After being told that the accused should be able to see the evidence being used against them, the following exchange took place:

    But Hunter suggested that such a requirement could hamper prosecutions.

    ''Some of these acts of complicity in terrorist acts are very small pieces . . . and you don't have a lot of evidence,'' he said. The chairman repeated a scenario where the only piece of evidence would expose the identity of a secret agent and asked whether it would make sense to drop the case entirely.

    ''You get to the end of the trail, then yes sir, you do,'' Black responded.

    Frist says he wants a Senate vote on the administration proposal by the end of the month, and will probably decide tomorrow exactly when to schedule it, while John Boehner has annouced that there will be a vote on it in the House during the week of September 18.

    The most ominous thing in the article is that Frist is apparently prepared to bring the Bush bill directly to the floor of the Senate, and bypass the Senate Armed Services Committee, which it probably couldn't get through because of the opposition of Warner, McCain, and Graham:

    A leadership aide said Warner, McCain and Graham were given ''24 hours to think their position over,'' indicating a possibility the bill could be routed around the Armed Services Committee and placed directly on the Senate floor.

    •  woah... (1+ / 0-)
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      buckhorn okie

      Warner, McCain, and Graham are three key votes.

      "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

      by kredwyn on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 03:06:27 PM PDT

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      •  I'd say (4+ / 0-)
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        buckhorn okie, kredwyn, vbelinsk, kurt

        2 of the 3 votes are sure votes against the bill: Warner & Graham.  

        Warner is 80 and doesn't take much guff; he was unwilling to support Ollie North when North unsuccessfully ran for the Senate as the Republican candidate in Virginia.  Warner endorsed Marshall Coleman, a Republican who ran as an independent, instead of North.  Plus he survived a marriage to Liz Taylor.  That's got to count for something :-)

        Graham has JAG experience during the Gulf War.  He's very supportive of JAGs.

        I'm betting $20 McCain flips like a coin and leaves Warner & Graham in the lurch.

        Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

        by mini mum on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 03:56:44 PM PDT

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