Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two

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Restoration of Habeas Corpus - music to my ears.

I read this in the news today, and I literally wept. This is from the Supreme Court's decision, restoring the write of Habeas Corpus, and negating the legitimacy of the military sham courts in Guantanamo. The decision was pretty far-reaching, and included this gem, this beautiful sentence, which is now officially U.S. Supreme Court precedent

Security subsists, too, in fidelity to freedom's first principles. Chief among these are freedom from arbitrary and unlawful restraint and the personal liberty that is secured by adherence to separation of powers. . . .

I'm extremely relieved to read this. Extremely relieved at the decision in general, and this actually addresses two of my most serious fears regarding the destruction of civil liberties in the past seven years; that the Executive's power-grab has gravely endangered the legitimacy of American government, and that the personal liberties that the framers of the Constitution intended to preserve in the face of even the gravest dangers had been imperiled by a very minor danger.

It's so weird to get good news, I couldn't help but shedding a tear. Good god, could that be the glimmering of dawn?

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