by Paul Lehto
Habeas corpus -- it's your most fundamental legal right, your right to
go to a court and get an order requiring the government to prove that
it is holding you in prison with proper legal authority to do so.
Without that right, one necessarily lives in a dictatorship. President
Bush today on October 17, 2006 signed a bill repealing that law,
meaning that the administration need not comply or show compliance with
law any more with regard to who goes to prison or Gitmo.
While it supposedly applies just to terrorism cases, that doesn't prevent it from ending the rule of law in the United States for our newly all-powerful Executive. This is true not just because terrorism is construed so broadly in the prohibition of "material support" for terrorism (which by the way has already been held to include a lawyer's press release on behalf of a terrorist client) but because the administration NEED NOT PROVE IT'S REALLY TERRORISM because they don't need to answer to any court in the land at any time.