Civil Liberties Essay

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Civil liberties, Habeas corpus, and War on Terror Eric Trute Instructor Beth Garcia Pol. 201 American National Government April 1, 2013 Civil liberties, Habeas corpus, and War on Terror During times of national crisis sometimes our civil liberties are taken way in exchange for our protection and our security. The founding fathers gave congress the power to suspend the right of writ of habeas corpus during times of rebellion, invasion, or in public safety. The war on terror has put a ripple in our countries political, judicial and civil rights during the war time. When handling individuals being held on account they have some part in the terrorist acts that happened on Sept 11, 2001. The Habeas Corpus Act gave rights to prisoners to challenge the terms of their incarceration in a court before a judge. In some aspects this petition that is used to release a prisoner if they are found not guilty of the crime being brought against them. If the prisoner is found guilty of the crime that is being brought against them, then their right of habeas corpus is forfeited. (Steirker, O 2002) Though out this paper the meaning of Habeas corpus, its placement in the constitution and how it effects today’s laws, civil liberties and the political system. A little history on how the habeas corpus ended up as a highly protected civil liberty. The term habeas was used in England during the 14th century, but was not officially used until 1679 at that time it was known as the Habeas Corpus Act. This was passed by Great Britain before the Revolutionary war. The British were known for holding colonist without allowing them to use the right of habeas corpus, this one reason the Revolutionary war began. The founding fathers stated that the habeas corpus could not be suspended unless there was rebellion, invasion, or our public safety was in harms. (Steiker, 2002) This was done to

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