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Habeas Corpus 1215-2006
Previous | Next by jmcd303 09 May, 2007 - 4:09 AM

Last year the Military Commissions Act effectively removed the writ of habeas corpus from the US Constitution. I don't care where you fall on the political scale, this is a very, very bad thing. There's a chance right now to restore it by having it added to a Defense Dept Authorization Bill. But you need to contact your representatives and let them now that restoring one of the founding principles of freedom is important. They're not really good with knowing these things on their own.
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You can find a quick summary of what's going on, as well as a list of Armed Service committee members, here. For Baltimorons, Elijah Cummings is on the committee. And for Marylanders in general, remember Steny Hoyer is majority leader, so tell him to get the party's ducks in a row on this. Olberman has a great piece on habaes corpus and the MCA. You can watch the video here.







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