Let's not forget that your "great writ" has basicly been plowed under.
When you combine the Military Commissions Act of 2006
USA Patriot Act
, just about anyone can be declaired an "unlawful enemy combatant" and be
locked away without trail
The wording on these Acts are so broad and they are so loosely written, they are open to abuse at massive levels.
The MCA2006 does require Presidential consent in order to suspend Habeas corpus. However, it does not specify that it must be specific
What this means is that general consent can be given in the form of Standing Orders. It would be a simple matter for the president to make "the
definition of a Terrorist as per the Patriot Act" the desiding factor for the application of the MCA2006.
Now, I'm not trying to be all Alex Jones about this, but I'm simply amazed that more people in the US aren't ticked off about this abuse of one of
the most noble acts America ever enacted.
I suspect that many people don't really understand what Habeas corpus really means. It's not unique to America, but it was important enough to the
Founding Fathers to be mentioined specificly in the Consitution.
["The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended,
unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."
In common law countries, habeas corpus (/'heɪbiəs 'kɔɹpəs/), Latin for "you [should] have the body", is the name of a legal instrument or
writ by means of which detainees can seek release from unlawful imprisonment. A writ of habeas corpus is a court order addressed to a prison official
(or other custodian) ordering that a detainee be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and
whether or not he or she should be released from custody. The writ of habeas corpus in common law countries is an important instrument for the
safeguarding of individual freedom against arbitrary state action.
It's your right to a trail. It prevents you from being held without reason. It means that legal process must
take place. Without it, you could
be locked away without
Applying Habeas corpus is one of the defining attributes of a free sociaty vs a facist state.