Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Senate hearing on criminal jurisdiction over civilians in combat zones tomorrow

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing at 9:30 tomorrow morning called, "Closing Legal Loopholes: Prosecuting Sexual Assaults and Other Violent Crimes Committed Overseas by American Civilians in a Combat Environment." Here's a link with the witness list.

Because the hearing is being chaired by Senator Nelson, I assume (but don't actually know) that it's a hearing of the Foreign Relations Committee's International Operations and Organizations, Democracy, and Human Rights Subcommittee. In addition to Senator Nelson, the members of that subcommittee are Senators Vitter (do you know how hard for me NOT to insert the obvious joke here?), Casey, DeMint, Feingold, Isakson, Mendez, Voinovich, and Webb, plus Senators Biden and Lugar who are ex officio members of the subcommittee.