(People we need to get this out in the open – promoted by mooncat)
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Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee voted 11-8 to restore the right of Habeas Corpus, which the Republican congress eliminated last fall as part of the Military Commisions act. Habeas Corpus is the right of anyone to challenge their detention in court – in other words, it is the right to force the government to obey the law. Known also as the Great Writ, it has been part of the U.S. Constitution since 1789 and was actually included in the Magna Carta in 1215. Habeas is the right that guarantees all the others – freedom of speech, religion, and the press; the right to bear arms, protection from self-incrimination – everything. Listen to people who are smarter than me explain it: