H.R.104 - To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties.

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  • Official: To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties. as introduced.

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This bill would establish a commission to investigate policies of the Bush Administration, which were carried out under the premise of “unreviewable war powers”, for a period of 18 months and 60 days. Investigations and hearings would be held regarding detentions made by the Armed Forces and intelligence community, the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, the concealment of individuals' capture or detention, extraordinary rendition, and domestic electronic surveillance performed without a warrant. The bill would require the Commission to report its findings to the President and to Congress with in one year. It includes one Republican among its list of 47 co-sponsors -- Representative Walter Jones [R, NC-3].
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Official Summary

Establishes the National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties to investigate, and report to the President and Congress on, the broad range of policies of the Bush Administration that were undertaken under claims of unreviewable war powers, including: (1) detention by th

Official Summary

Establishes the National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties to investigate, and report to the President and Congress on, the broad range of policies of the Bush Administration that were undertaken under claims of unreviewable war powers, including:
(1) detention by the Armed Forces and the intelligence community;
(2) the use by such entities of enhanced interrogation techniques or techniques not authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice;
(3) \"ghosting\" or other policies intended to conceal an individual's capture or detention;
(4) extraordinary rendition; and
(5) domestic warrantless electronic surveillance.

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Organizations Supporting H.R.104

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Credo Action
  • The Constition Project

Organizations Opposing H.R.104

  • War Crimes Times
  • Robert Jackson Steering Committee
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • After Downing Street
  • Cities for Peace
  • CODE PINK: Women for Peace
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