What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Support for Independent International Law : A vote on passage of a Republican-drafted resolution (H Res 627) entitled "Deploring the Abuse of Persons in United States Custody in Iraq," which Democrats say does not go far enough in terms of holding anyone accountable for such abuses.
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A vote on passage of a Republican-drafted resolution (H Res 627) entitled "Deploring the Abuse of Persons in United States Custody in Iraq," which Democrats say does not go far enough in terms of holding anyone accountable for such abuses.
house Roll Call 150     May 06, 2004
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Progressives said they agreed with the spirit of this Republican-drafted resolution (H Res 627) entitled "Deploring the Abuse of Persons in United States Custody in Iraq," but said it did not go far enough in terms of holding anyone accountable for such abuses. While conservatives said it was important to recognize the abuses that were uncovered against persons in U.S. custody in Iraq - "regardless of the circumstances of their detention" and urged that that the Secretary of the Army "bring to swift justice any member of the Armed Forces who has violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice," they stopped short of ordering the full independent congressional investigation progressives asked for. As such, progressives urged their colleagues to vote against H. Res. 627 unless it is amended to include congressional investigations and regret for the acts of those wearing the uniform of the United States military. The resolution was approved 365-50, with only 49 Democrats and one Republican voting against it, a vote that shut the door on the progressive notion of initiating an independent congressional inquiry into the prison abuses.

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