Republicans Filibuster Habeas Corpus

“The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”

Article 1 Section 9 of the US Constitution.

In a move that should surprise very few, Senate Republicans, aided by their best friend forever, Turncoat Joe Lieberman, are attempting to filibuster the motion to restore Habeas Corpus to detainees in areas such as Gitmo.  A move, might I add, that is in direct contradiction with the Constitution of the USA.

It should be noted that the founding fathers thought the concept of Habeas (in other words the right of a detainee or prisoner to challenge an unlawful detention) so important that unlike most civil liberties which are represented in the Bill of Rights, they opted to put it in the very body of the Constitution itself.

It should also be noted that when Lincoln suspended Habeas during the Civil War, under the guidelines provided by the article in question, he did so lawfully.  The fact that the cessation of the South was seen as a rebellion, it meets the wickets.

Considering that a vast majority of those held in detention in Gitmo are neither rebels nor invaders, the idea that this is a validated suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus is ludicrous, leaving only questions in the action’s wake.

What are Republicans so afraid of?

Are they truly this cowardly that they want all persons that look even remotely like a terrorist locked up indefinitely?

Are they afraid that restoring Habeas will reveal exactly how many people truly are being detained without cause?

Or are they just big fat fraidy cats?  Is the party of Tough Talk ™ so void of courage in any way shape or form that they are willing to throw away the statutes of the Constitution of the United States of America to feel just a little bit safer?

Christy Hardin Smith of Firedoglake has a comprehensive list of those who have and have not voted for cloture as well as ways to contact offending senators.  This thing is only a few handful of votes shy of breaking the filibuster…

It’s time to get to work.

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