I am introducing a
comprehensive piece of legislation to restore the American Constitution
and to restore the liberties that have been sadly eroded over the past several
This legislation seeks to restore the checks and balances enshrined in the
Constitution by our Founding Fathers to prevent abuse of Americans by their
government. This proposed legislation would repeal the Military Commissions
Act of 2006 and re-establish the traditional practice that military commissions
may be used to try war crimes in places of active hostility where a rapid trial
is necessary to preserve evidence or prevent chaos.
The legislation clarifies that no information shall be admitted as evidence
if it is obtained from the defendant through the use of torture or coercion.
It codifies the FISA process as the means by which foreign intelligence may
be obtained and it gives members of the Senate and the House of Representatives
standing in court to challenge presidential signing statements that declares
the presidents intent to disregard certain aspects of a law passed in
the US Congress. It prohibits kidnapping and extraordinary rendition of prisoners
to foreign countries on the presidents unilateral determination that the
suspect is an enemy combatant. It defends the first amendment by clarifying
that journalists are not to be prevented from publishing information received
from the legislative or executive branch unless such publication would cause
immediate, direct, and irreparable harm to the United States .
Finally, the legislation would prohibit the use of secret evidence to designate
an individual or organization with a United States presence to be a foreign
terrorist or foreign terrorist organization.
I invite my colleagues to join my efforts to restore the US Constitution by
enacting the American
Freedom Agenda Act of 2007.