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Civil Liberties, Habeas Corpus, and War on Terror POL 201: American National Government Instructor: Professor Mayo Date Submitted- September 17, 2012 By: Alana` Jackson In this Thesis I will be telling you about the Habeas Corpus and the War on Terror. The General meaning of Habeas Corpus. The evolution of Habeas Corpus. The U.S. history of the suspension. The relevance of habeas corpus to the contemporary U.S. situation during the war on terror. Also the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the right of habeas corpus with the respect to “enemy combatants” or “illegal combatants. With my own value of various perspectives on this topic expressed by justices of the Supreme Court and leaders in other branches of government. The general meaning of the right of Habeas Corpus in the U.S. Constitution is the meaning being that Habeas Corpus is a Latin phrase which means “you have the body” it is the right by which a person can go to court and challenge the validity of his/her imprisonment. The right of Habeas Corpus is the oldest human right in Angelo-Saxon law. It even proceeded in British Magna Carta of 1215. Interestingly, the violation of the writ of Habeas Corpus has not been the most severe of the civil liberties granted to not only Americans but many other countries. Hitler, during World War 2, abolished the writ of Habeas Corpus when he signed the Nacht and Nebel (Night and Fog). This essentially abolished any kind of Habeas Corpus in anti-Semitic government. The most recent controversy regarding Habeas Corpus was during the Bush administration when hundreds of suspected Afghan and Iraqi terrorists were imprisoned. When it comes to the historical evolution of Habeas Corpus including its English and American traditions Habeas corpus refers to the legal precedent which holds that a prisoner may not be held in custody without just cause. A writ of
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