Gabe Rottman,
Legislative Counsel,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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March 1, 2007

First off, let me welcome you to the inaugural of our habeas blog. Thank you for joining us, and I hope you’ll continue to come back for the latest news and analysis on the ongoing campaign to restore habeas rights to their historical scope and vigor.Two (or three) words about me: I’m nobody, really. I used to work as a senior writer at the ACLU, am about to graduate Georgetown law, and got offered the chance to post here on habeas while studying for the bar over the summer. It’s a great opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.And, that’s enough about me (save for the dashingly handsome bit).Before I leave this Ur-post, however, let me say one thing. The goal of this blog is twofold. We aim to entertain, but entertainment is only the sweetener that makes that the deadly serious nature of this topic palatable. Our primary goal is to inform, and to do so about something that is no laughing matter.Remember, what is habeas corpus, the only ancient common law writ enshrined in the Constitution? It is nothing less than the last resort for those for whom the system has gone haywire. It is the primary bulwark against arbitrary executive detention. It is an integral feature of our dare-I-say-sacred system of checks and balances. It says to the president: sure, lock these folks up and throw away the key, but we’re going to have independent courts looking over your shoulder, keeping you honest.In short, it’s heady stuff – it’s life and death. We won’t ever forget that.

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