With President Bush poised to sign the White House-backed detainee treatment bill into law, groups are promising to challenge it in court "in days."
âI donât think thereâs a snowballâs chance in âHâ that this will be found constitutional,â Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, told Congressional Quarterly
(sub. req.). CCR represents a number of Guantanamo prisoners.
Strangely, some senators who voted for the bill weren't convinced of its constitutionality. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), who voted for the bill even after his amendment to preserve certain rights for detainees was defeated, called the proposal "patently unconstitutional on its face," The Washington Post reported
. When CQ
asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who negotiated with the White House to win minor concessions on the legislation, if the bill was constitutional, he responded "I think so."