Habeas corpus is a fundamental principle of our legal system. Basically, it states that anyone imprisoned by the government has a right to independent judicial review of charges brought against them. This right protects against the arbitrary practices of kings, despots and dictators, and ensures that charges brought are based on law and not just the whims of the powerful.
Unfortunately, last year the Republican-controlled Congress nullified this important legal principle when they passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. It's a very slippery slope towards dictatorship when the President is given the unilateral power to imprison someone indefinitely.
Courageous members of Congress are now trying to restore this fundamental right through an amendment to the Defense authorization bill, but it is not yet clear whether Speaker Pelosi and the House Leadership will allow the amendment to proceed. So please drop her a note using the form at right, and ask her to allow the amendment to go forward.
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