Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Monday, July 16, 2007

Restore habeas corpus!

At some point, most likely within the next 24 hours, there will be an up and down vote in the Senate on Amendment 2022 to the Defense Authorization Bill. This amendment is sponsored by Senators Specter and Leahy, and will serve to RESTORE HABEAS CORPUS PROTECTION - protection that was striped in the Military Commissions Act.

Currently, without habeas corpus protection, our president can legally designate anyone at all as an 'enemy combatant;' without providing a shred of proof. At this point, he can also toss this person into a secret camp, without any legal representation.

Does this sound like America to you?

Most people probably believe the overthrow of this very basic legal protection - which has been in place since the Magna Carta - is only relevant for 'terrorists' actually caught taking part in terrorist crimes.

Unfortunately this is not the case. As you have probably noticed, our president seems more intent on spying on the American people than he is concerned about actually finding and prosecuting terrorists. He is also obsessed with partisan politics, power, controlling information and dissent, and basically grabbing as much power unto himself as possible.

In short: the person you may be saving from unlawful seizure and imprisonment - without representation - may just be yourself.

Ask yourself this question... do you trust this president, this vice president, to hold your best interests at heart? If you speak out against them, do you trust them to withhold using their bloated, draconian powers to imprison you?

A better question might be... do you trust them at all?

If the answer is 'no,' you just might be in favor of habeas corpus.

From the ACLU:

S.A. 2022 is an amendment to the defense authorization bill to restore the constitutional due process right of habeas corpus, which protects against unlawful and indefinite imprisonment. This fundamental right was stripped away for some people by the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

We know the vote will be close. The Bush administration is working overtime to defeat this amendment, and every vote will count.

Call your senator today and ask that he or she support restoration of habeas corpus via Amendment 2022 to the Defense Authorization Bill.

We have courts, and they are perfectly capable of deciding who is a terrorist - and who is not - while providing due process and protecting our civil liberties. We are a nation built on laws, on the Constitution. We are not a dictatorship.

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