Because freedom can't protect itself
Hebeas Corpus is the fundamental right to challenge ones detention (imprisonment) by the government. Without this right, we return to the feudal days of King George (no kidding!) of England when people were rounded up and detained indefinitely (in dungeons, etc.) at King George's whim. The drafters of the U.S. Constiution felt the right to Habeas Corpus to be so fundamental, that it was gauranteed as early as Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution, even before the establishment of the Presidential Branch of government in Article II.
Because the terrorists hate us for our freedoms, and because our loss of Habeas, the war on terror must be over.Yipee
Late in his life James Madison wrote that it may be a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home will be caused by threats, real or imagined, from abroad. I hope the Constitution is not a "parchment barrier" against those threats.
Habeas, I first embraced you in 1972. You are as beautiful then as you were 492 years ago. I don't know if you recall but you successfully released a client of mine who later proved to be innocent. Thank you and happy birthday I wish you many many more.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years.
These nations have progressed through this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependence;
from dependency back again into bondage.
Sir Alex Fraser Tyler: (1742-1813)
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to office.": -
Aesop, c.550 B.C.
The foregoing famous comments sum up today's nations.
Freedom from fear of retaliation for speaking our minds is central to our democracy. We have allowed our so-called leaders to whip us into a frenzy of fear.
john michael, az., said it all and so eloquently, "...give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
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