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Oregonians Ask Congress For Controversial 4th of July Birthday Gift

June 27, 2007

Rallying Oregonians called on Congress Tuesday to celebrate the nations' birthday by "restoring the Constitution and the rule of law" for the upcoming Fourth of July. In Medford, Eugene and Portland, they joined thousands of others demonstrating across the nation.

At the top of their list is the Military Commission Act, which suspends habeas corpus (the right to challenge unlawful imprisonment) for anyone detained as an enemy combatant by the president. Jeffery Mittman, with the American Civil Liberties Union, says no U.S. government has the right to take away due process.

“What sets us apart from the people we're fighting is that we're a nation of laws, that we have one Constitution that protects everybody. People understand that the Constitution means something, and it's a core American value that we need to protect.”

The Bush administration says it needs those powers to fight terrorism. Hundreds of Oregonians have signed a petition calling on Congress to restore habeas corpus and due process, and pass the Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007.

But Mittman argues that there has been an abuse of power since 9/11 that's affecting all Americans.

“[There has been] illegal wiretapping of phone calls of Americans. There have been so many things that have been unconstitutional and really just against what we know are protections we're afforded by our Bill of Rights, and it's really been quite frightening.”

Dondrea Warner/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OR