You should take a few minutes to write your representative and ask that they support bill HR2826 – “to restore habeas corpus for individuals detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for other purposes.”. To read the bill in its entirety and to track its progress, go to this site and type in “HR2826” for a bill number search.
Habeas corpus is a right so important, the 1969 US Supreme Court called it “the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action.” You don’t have to support the bill, but know that as it stands right now it is possible for you to be arrested (yes you Mr./Mrs. US Citizen!), sent to Guantanamo, and held indefinitely without access to a lawyer or judge, merely by being labeled an “enemy combatant” in this “war on terror.” (and don’t think for a second that innocent people aren’t routinely held and tortured)