Thursday, September 28, 2006

Republicans Decide that 800 Years is Long Enough for Any Law

That pesky little Habeas Corpus thing.

Who needs it. Though the actual origin is under some dispute, it very likely goes back to at least 1215 which is when the Magna Carta was adopted.

800 years is a long time to keep a law on the books.

Literally translated, Habeas Corpus means "You have the body".

The Writ of Habeas Corpus is a Court Order that a prisoner be brought into the court so the court can determine whether the person has been wrongfully detained.

The Supreme Court has said that the writ is "the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action." Harris v. Nelson, 394 U.S. 286, 290-91 (1969) .

Sooooo, who needs it.

Not us.

At least that is the verdict from Congress this week.

Heck, us Republicans are just a progressive group. We like to keep our laws fresh. None of those stale old 800 year old ones. That is why we have been working so hard on shredding those Constitutional thingys regarding right to speedy trial, right to counsel, right to privacy, right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, blah, blah, blah. Boy O' Boy. Those liberals sure are a whiny bunch.

Boy, if we get one of those terrorist-lovin' longhair liberal freaks in the White House in 2008, we are going to have to revoke a lot of laws that allow the President to unilaterally decide who is a terrorist and who can be detained indefinitely without counsel.


Saul AnewAss
Chair, Michigan Grand Ole Oil Party

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