Habeas Corpus (all roads lead to xkcd)

June 11th, 2007 by amy

A bit of hopeful news on Habeas Corpus, see: Senate committee supports restoring habeas rights to Guantanamo detainees, also: Senate Begins Real Push on Habeas Corpus and an earlier post.

Some historical quotes:

Freedom of the person under the protection of habeas corpus. I deem one of the essential principles of our government.
-Thomas Jefferson

The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.
– Winston Churchill

Of course, almost unavoidably, there is the realization I’ve tripped over Goodwin’s Law (see xkcd).

See: Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice (ACLU), including a web-form for sending a petition to your Congressperson.

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