Twice within the last year the current, 109th Congress has enacted anti-habeas corpus statutes–statutes that curtail the efficacy of the writ of habeas corpus. These dreadful statutes are Orwellian nightmares. They are, in the words of Sen. Patrick Leahy, “un-American” and “undercut everything this nation stands for.” They are practically unparalleled in our history in opening the door to legalized oppression. They are colossal mistakes which future generations will deride in the same way our generation scorns the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 or the congressional legislation that authorized the internment of the Japanese-Americans during WW2
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