Statement of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl in Opposition to the Military Commissions Bill
There is no question that we need the tools to fight terrorism at home and abroad so that we can bring to justice those responsible for innocent bloodshed. But this bill jeopardizes the safety of our own men and women in uniform by disregarding the basic protections guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions and encouraging other countries to violate them when holding our soldiers captive. Under this bill, the President is allowed to lock up anyone, forever and without trial, merely by declaring them an enemy combatant. It unconstitutionally strips the right of most detainees to ever challenge their imprisonment. And it allows tribunals to convict people with evidence gained through coercion and cruel treatment. This bill runs contrary to our history of humane justice.