The truth is, I don’t even know exactly what habeas corpus means, other than it guarantees that anyone imprisoned by the government has the right to have a court hear the evidence and rule as to whether or not that imprisonment is justified. This seems like a fair idea to me. I do not trust the current cut-throats and incompetents running our government to make judgments about the guilt or innocence of anyone.
There has been a lot of whining and blather from the right about last week’s Supreme Court ruling on habeas corpus. I’m astonished at how those who so boastfully claim to be patriots are so willing to discard the Constitution when it is inconvenient. If your principles only stand up when life is good, then you have no principles. It’s easy to claim to have principles when there are no challenges. Maintaining your principles in the face of adversity takes courage. Newt Gingrich is a coward.
If you have any doubt about whether or not granting civil liberties to our “enemies” matters, then read this report from the McClatchy news service.