Can habeas corpus be restored?

In These Times
by Brian Beutler

06/28/07

Democrats and civil libertarians have been understandably livid over the administration’s demolition of the writ of habeas corpus. But remedying the problem isn’t quite as simple as it should be. For starters, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA), signed by President Bush last October, didn’t end habeas in a straightforward, easily reversible way. It ended habeas by inference — first, by denying the writ to ‘unlawful enemy combatants,’ and then by defining that term broadly enough that it could, in some cases, include American citizens. Today, an enemy combatant is anybody ‘engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.’ It was through that legal two-step that the government held, tortured, and denied trial to Jose Padilla, an American citizen arrested in Chicago in 2002 for engaging in terrorist activities...

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