Due process and indefinite detention in America
Americans love Magna Carta.
They understand that its affirmation of habeas corpus - charge me or let me go free - and its prevention of indefinite detention is key to justice under the law.
Americans have taken many principles from Britain's Constitution into the US Constitution, and we hope they fight, all the way to the US Supreme Court, against a bill recently signed by that underminer of liberty around the globe, US President Barack Obama.
Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a controversial component that would allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens arrested in the United States, without charge.
Of course, only terror suspects would be detained.
Do we hear George Orwell laughing grimly?
. . .Recently two retired four-star Marine generals called on the president to veto the bill in a New York Times op-ed. . .
“Due process would be a thing of the past,” wrote Gens Charles C. Krulak and Joseph P. Hoar. “Current law empowers the military to detain people caught on the battlefield, but this provision would expand the battlefield to include the United States – and hand Osama bin Laden an unearned victory long after his well-earned demise.”
We are about to see whether Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution are going to eat dust in 'the land of the free'.
Thanks to Instapundit for the link.