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Senator Lugar making strides 
Monday, November 5, 2007, 06:00 PM - Policy
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Each autumn, Senator Richard Lugar joins the Indianapolis community in a 5K run for charity. Lugar's thoughtfulness has earned him election campaigns with 88% victories. He is well-loved by both liberals and conservatives in this state as one of the few genuine representatives of the people in Washington D.C.

Senator Lugar has recently made strides with his policy in Washington as well as with the people at home. He received a great deal of media attention in June when he boldly spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to President Bush's plan for Iraq.

That same week, we were in D.C. for the Day of Action for Law & Justice, sponsored by the ACLU and many other organizations. Our primary goal that day was to restore the writ of habeas corpus, allowing all detainees, citizen or not, to be granted basic defense rights to the accusations made against them by the U.S. government.

At Senator Lugar's office, more than a dozen Hoosiers encountered opposition from his staff on this issue. He had voted in favor of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which had brought about the rise in concern about habeas corpus. In June of 2007, the Lugar office was still defending the vote and expressing support for the military commissions program.

A few weeks ago, I literally jumped for joy when I read the roll call for Senator Specter's amendment to restore habeas corpus. I immediately wrote to Senator Lugar to thank him for changing his policy in favor of the Constitution. Here is an excerpt from the response I just received from him:

There has been vigorous debate, both in the Congress as well as in the federal courts, about appropriate due process for detainees apprehended during prosecution of the Global War on Terror. On September 19, 2007, during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, I supported an amendement offered by Senator Specter which would restore habeas rights to those detained by the United States. While the amendment did not succeed, I will continue to support measures to ensure appropriate detention and review of enemy combatants within the confines of the law and our Constitution.

This year, we have proven time and time again that grassroots calling, petitioning and lobbying on behalf of the Constitution can succeed. At least here in Indiana, we can claim a victory in support of human rights and the U.S. Constituion. Be sure to call Senator Lugar at (202) 224-4814 and thank him for protecting your rights to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
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