Habeas Corpus: A defense against the dark arts

Common Dreams
by Caroline Arnold

07/18/07

This week our Senate is debating the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007, designed to restore habeas corpus rights denied by the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to some 12 million legal residents of the U.S. …. Too many Americans today are deeply insecure in their understanding of fundamental systems that affect their lives …. they’re not quite sure how we should fight terrorism, and they’re hazy about habeas corpus. But they experience real fear when they read about people being detained without knowing the charges against them. They wonder ‘What if I got arrested, but didn’t know what for?’ ‘What if my son was detained and I couldn’t find out what he had done or where he was?’ Then they wonder further: ‘How do I know that I won’t be next?’ ‘What should I do or not do to make sure someone doesn’t accuse me and have me arrested?’ We begin to see that the cancellation of habeas corpus was an artful move to make citizens more insecure, more distrustful of one another, and more fearful...

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