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‘Blink Tanks’ Fight for Habeas Corpus

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Posted on Jan 17, 2007

Read about how “blink tanks” (i.e. progressive blogs and web sites) are taking the lead in pushing back against Bush’s democracy-busting Military Commissions Act.


The Nation:

... There is one progressive group with the political influence, financial clout and policy expertise to put constitutional rights on the Congressional agenda: the emerging network of liberal bloggers, netroots activists and blink tanks—blogs that function as online think tanks—that have been doggedly fighting the Bush Administration’s six-year assault on the Constitution.

Beyond changing power in Washington, the midterms also demonstrated how dramatically bloggers can upend public opinion. They successfully promoted long-shot candidates like Montana’s new Senator Jon Tester and redefined popular incumbents such as former Virginia Senator George Allen, who was YouTubed to political death by clips of his racist “macaca” comment and an attack by his campaign staff. Now many influential liberal bloggers are turning their attention to repealing the MCA.

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