Bush Abolishes Habeas Corpus Guarantee Feburary 28, 2007

by HUMPHREY Email

Last October 17, President Bush quietly signed into law two measures that seriously undermine the foundations of our republic.

The first, called the Military Commissions Act, effectively abolishes the habeas corpus guarantee.

Habeas corpus is the constitutional principle forbidding the detention of a criminal suspect without a trial. Amazingly, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez insists that this due process protection is not guaranteed by the Constitution.

The second measure signed on October 17 gives the president power to mobilize National Guard units without the request of their state governments in times of emergency.

As the New York Times points out, because of that measure it is now possible for a president to ?override local control of law enforcement and declare martial law? by using ?military troops as a domestic police force.?

There are bills pending in the Senate to restore the habeas corpus guarantee and the traditional National Guard command structure. Introduced by Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, both bills have Republican co-sponsors. They should be supported by Americans from across the political spectrum who cherish our Constitution.

Let us stand in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.

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