Why Habeas Corpus Matters

Why Habeas Corpus Matters Next week Congress should vote on the Defense Authorization Bill, which contains Lindsay Graham’s amendment stripping Guantanamo detainees of their right to file habeas corpus petitions. The point of habeas petitions is to allow prisoners to ask the government why they are in prison, and to allow a judge to decide… Read more »

It’s A Puzzlement In his radio address yesterday, the President also said this: “The House of Representatives passed reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Yet a minority of senators filibustered to block the renewal of the Patriot Act when it came up for a vote yesterday. That decision is irresponsible, and it endangers the lives of… Read more »

Bush And The Separation Of Powers As Shakespeare’s Sister noted yesterday, President Bush admitted that he authorized the surveillance program described in Friday’s New York Times, which allows the government to conduct surveillance on American citizens without a warrant. This is an extraordinary admission. But since some of our friends on the right are having… Read more »

Above The Law, Take 2

I just wanted to echo what Shakespearer’s Sister said about the report that Bush signed an order allowing the NSA to spy on US citizens without a warrant. This is against the law. I have put references to the relevant statute below the fold; the brief version is: the law forbids warrantless surveillance of US… Read more »

What McCain Giveth, Graham Taketh Away

As all the newspapers are reporting, President Bush has agreed to John McCain’s amendment prohibiting torture. However, Newsweek adds this: “But the Bush administration may still secure something of a victory in the Graham bill. According to an amended draft of the measure being circulated Thursday among the sponsors, Graham has agreed to language that… Read more »