Civil Liberties, Habeas Corpus, and the War on Terror Essay

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Civil Liberties, Habeas Corpus, and the War on Terror September 8, 2014 Civil Liberties, Habeas Corpus, and the War on Terror The war on terror is something in the forefront of every American’s mind nowadays. It is all around us and things seem to get worse and worse as time goes on. The war on terror often times can conflict with habeas corpus because the military wants to hold prisoners believed to be connected to terrorism, but do not give them a trial to prove their innocence or guilt. This is where the problem lies today. The motivation of man’s self-interest has concluded in the domination of those with little or no power throughout history. Habeas Corpus is written in the constitution as a right of the people and should be a safeguard to protect all accused persons, but many presidents have found ways not to enforce the right. In history the writ of habeas corpus has been challenged by many presidents from Lincoln to most recently Bush with abuse of power by the president. Habeas Corpus in Latin, means, “You have the body.” According to our text habeas corpus means, “a demand by a court to a jailer to produce the prisoner and announce the charges” (Waldman-Levin, 2012, 5.7). In my opinion for most Americans, habeas corpus protects a prisoner and it also allows a prisoner to indicate that his/her constitution guarantees rights to a fair trial. “From a political point of view, the great value of habeas corpus is that it protects citizens from a dangerous tendency which is generally found in those who exercise the powers of government” (S. G. F., 1888, pg. 454). Habeas corpus is important when it comes to a prisoner questioning why he/she is being held or imprisoned. The Habeas Corpus Act was formed in 1679 and is used to keep an individual from being unlawfully imprisoned. Habeas corpus is the right to be seen by a judge or
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