There is still a chance--maybe not a very good chance, but a real chance--to change one of the worst aspects of the detainee bill. Carl Levin and Arlen Specter* are apparently planning to co-sponsor an amendment to remove the section that strips the courts of jurisdiction to hear habeas corpus claims over Guantanamo.
I don't have time to write a long post about why this is important. There are many, many such posts in our archives if anyone wants to look. Here's one. Here's another, which contains links to still others.
This list gives the contact information for every U.S. Senator.
Please call, and ask them to support the "Specter-Levin amendment restoring habeas corpus". (I don't have the amendment #). Please also consider asking other people to call, and if you have a weblog, writing a post asking them to do so. Obviously, you might also consider asking them to filibuster the detainee bill itself.
I don't know what the odds are on this, but the vote was close last fall; it should at least be close again. Even if it's not--I think it matters that as many people contact their representatives as possible. (It matters to me, at any rate). And it takes five minutes.
Also, if you can get an answer out of your Senator about his or her position, please post it here. Thanks.
*I know, I know. But I think he means it. He voted against habeas-stripping on every single vote last fall, for one thing. Anyway, Levin will definitely support this.