Habeus Corpus Survives, So Far

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 27 Dec 2003 13:00:00 GMT
From survivalarts:
"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." -- Mark Twain

Jacob G. Hornberger at The Future of Freedom Foundation - Judicial Blows against Military Tyranny - commentary on the recent court rulings barring the U.S. from chanting a magic incantation like "enemy combatant" and then holding someone incommunicado without charges, representation, or even notice. We'll see how the Busheviks respond. If they get the Supremes to agree with them, or just ignore the ruling, it'll be one more nail in the coffin of the Bill of Rights. No more fifth or sixth amendment. And we, the militia, are the only enforcement the courts can count on if the executive branch does not honor their rulings. [lew]

Why is the ruling in the Padilla case so critically important to the American people? Because as we have consistently held here at The Future of Freedom Foundation since September 11, if U.S. military officials are permitted to exercise such omnipotent power over the American people -- the same kind of power that is wielded by the military in Pakistan and Burma -- then the quaint belief that the American people are still free constitutes nothing more than a "life of the lie."

Among the absolutely necessary prerequisites for a free society are the procedural protections accorded by due process of law and the writ of habeas corpus. No one can be considered free when his life, liberty, and property are subject to nothing more than the arbitrary whims of government officials, especially those in the military. Our Founders understood that important principle of liberty, which is why they fought so hard to ensure the inclusion of these protections in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Mike Freeman at The New York Times - More N.F.L. Players Turn to Guns for a Sense of Security BugMeNot - heaven forefend! [scopeny]

No one knows exactly how many of the N.F.L.'s nearly 1,700 players are armed. That is in part because some possess illegal guns, purchased without a permit on the black market. The league also does not keep track of which players have permits to possess guns. Many players and others in the N.F.L. said they believe more players are armed than ever before, with their rough estimates running from perhaps half of the league's players to as many as 90 percent.

"The culture has definitely changed," Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, an 11-year veteran, said. "It's probably true that more players own guns now than when I first came into the league. That's because it doesn't feel safe being an athlete in public anymore.
I wrote the following letter to the editor:
To: letters@nytimes.com
Subject: Letter to the editor
From: "Bill St. Clair" <bill@billstclair.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 07:39:32 -0500

Mike Freeman, in his December 26 column about NFL players owning guns for security, appeared to be talking about handguns, but he just said "guns". In most of free America, outside of the Big Apple that is, people can buy long guns without any permit or license except the Second Amendment. I myself have a number of times in the last couple of years walked into a gun store in Albany with my credit card or a wad of cash in hand, laid down my driver's license, filled out a short form, and walked out with a rifle or shotgun and a supply of ammo. New York's Sullivan Act makes that more complicated with handguns. But in many of America's freer states (I know of 9, but will be surprised if such states are not in the majority), that's all it takes to legally acquire a handgun. And where guns are hard to get legally, New York City and Washington D.C. come to mind, the free (aka black) market provides, as always with anything people want that government has made hard or artificially expensive to get (can you say "cigarettes"? Thought you could).

I'm glad to hear that NFL players have armed themselves. They have realized that their lives are in danger and have asserted their right to life by acquiring the most effective known self-defense tool, the handgun. Like going to the bathroom, breathing, eating, sleeping, or making love, self-defense is a bodily function that you cannot safely or effectively delegate to someone else. The police will usually not be there during the two second emergency period when you really need them. A handgun will. Unless you've allowed yourself to be disarmed by government. And if you live in the Big Apple, and obey the law, you have.

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