Habeas Corpus and War on Terror
June 23, 2013
We have heard in high school and news about Habeas Corpus and War on Terror, but what does those terms really mean? Habeas Corpus is an act that was established in 1679 by England’s Parliament to give prisoners a fair trial. The War on Terror was established on 9/2011 to bring war against Afghanistan for terrorizing the U.S. In this paper, I will further discuss Habeas Corpus and War on Terror and how the two came into terms with each other within the United States. The word “Habeas Corpus” is a Latin word that means “you have the body”, also known as the “Great Writ” and was established by English’s Parliament in 1679 when King Charles II deputies imprisoned someone unlawfully. After much research, researchers found that Habeas traces back to Magna Carter in 1215. What that means is basically that there is a prisoner that the law suspected did something wrong and needed proof to convict the person. The prisoner could not be held for more than 3 days before going before the judge, or the king at that time, to listen to the charges that were against him. It also means that the President or King may not detain whomever he wants without allowing the person to have a fair trial. In 1789 the Judiciary Act released a lot of prisoners since habeas corpus was in place. The prisoners were wrongfully convicted and held by officials of the executive branch of the federal government. Every since the release of the prisoners, the United States has been strict on abiding by the “Great Writ.” According to the U.S Constitution cannot be suspended unless in case of rebellion or invasion to public safety is involved. On September 2011, the U.S. changed as a whole and was attacked by terrorist lead by Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda is a global militant Islamist organization formed by Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda is a very dangerous group who carried out several attacks on Non-Muslims and...
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