United States court roomThere was a very important ruling today in a federal appeals court that is known for being conservative. According to the AP, the court delivered a harsh rebuke to the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism strategy Monday, ruling that U.S. residents cannot be locked up indefinitely as “enemy combatants” without being charged. In this case, the man was a legal resident and not like one of the Guantanamo detainees who was picked up in a foreign country without being a US resident, but it is still a good sign that the courts are starting to restore our rights.

Also from the same AP article,

“Put simply, the Constitution does not allow the President to orderthe military to seize civilians residing within the United States and then detain them indefinitely without criminal process, and this is so even if he calls them ‘enemy combatants,'” the court said.

Such detention “would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country,”

These are some previous YouthInkLeft posts about Habeas Corpus, which is defined as “ the right of a citizen to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as a protection against illegal imprisonment” (from Merriam Webster) :

“Detainees” in Gitmo May be Getting the Help they Need, by Aryeh

 

About Habeas Corpus” by Freckles Cassie

 

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