The procedure for the issuing of writs of habeas corpus was first codified by the Habeas Corpus Act 1679, following judicial rulings which had restricted the effectiveness of the writ. A previous act had been passed in 1640 to overturn a ruling that the command of the King was a sufficient answer to a petition of habeas corpus. Ah yes, the King. Mmm. Yes. Quite. "The negotiators also discussed yesterday a recent administration-backed change in the legislation to broaden the definition of potential unlawful enemy combatants in a way that would allow the government to detain and try a wider range of foreign nationals than envisioned earlier. Other recent changes to the bill aroused controversy yesterday. In one, the administration and its House allies would give the defense secretary wide latitude to depart, without independent judicial scrutiny, from the rules and detainee protections the legislation would create. It would allow him to do so whenever he deems it 'practicable or consistent with military or intelligence activities.'" Basically as I understand it, this bill would let the Defense secretary (not even "just" the POTUS) torture people, and anyone of any country could be arrested, and detained indefinitely without ever even hearing the charges against them. Also, as there is no component that defines who is an American or who is a terrorist, that means anyone could be locked up indefinitely without charges no matter where you live. You terr'ist. 9/11! Cut-and-run! Evildoers. *smirk*
US Republican-Owned Govenment Allows Torture, Gets Rid of Habeas Corpus Yes, an agreement to torture prisoners, deny them a hearing, and file it under the subject of "fighting terrorism" is on it's way to being passed. As one wag has it: "The bill simply removes a suspect’s right to challenge his detention in court. This is a rule of law that goes back to the Magna Carta in 1215. That pretty much leaves the barn door open." For Fuck's Sake people.