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WGBH Forum Network; Habeas Corpus and the Military Commissions Act

04/25/2007

Habeas Corpus and the Military Commissions Act Jerry Cohen, partner, Burns & Levinson Nancy Murray, education director, ACLU of MA Harvey Silvergate, lawyer, civil liberties activist Attorney Jerry Cohen and ACLU of Massachusetts Education Director Nancy Murray discuss the impact of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 on the principle of habeas corpus. What is the impact of the Military Commissions Act on one of America's most long standing civil liberty, Habeas Corpus? Established by the Magna Carta in 1215, Habeas Corpus provides prisoners the right to know the charges against them. The Military Commissions Act, passed with no public notice in October, 2006, eliminates a prisoner's right to Habeas Corpus protection in trials by special military commissions. Currently prisoners being held as enemy combatants at Guantanamo are affected, but many questions remain to be answered. Could the Military Commissions Act also be applied to American citizens? How can suspension of Habeas Corpus in military commission trials be permitted under the Constitution?


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WGBH Forum Network
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Habeas Corpus and the Military Commissions Act
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3472

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HABEAS CORPUS AND THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT JERRY COHEN, PARTNER, BURNS & LEVINSON NANCY MURRAY, EDUCATION DIRECTOR, ACLU OF MA HARVEY SILVERGATE, LAWYER, CIVIL LIBERTIES ACTIVIST

ATTORNEY JERRY COHEN AND ACLU OF MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATION DIRECTOR NANCY MURRAY DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT OF 2006 ON THE PRINCIPLE OF HABEAS CORPUS. WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT ON ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST LONG STANDING CIVIL LIBERTY, HABEAS CORPUS? ESTABLISHED BY THE MAGNA CARTA IN 1215, HABEAS CORPUS PROVIDES PRISONERS THE RIGHT TO KNOW THE CHARGES AGAINST THEM. THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT, PASSED WITH NO PUBLIC NOTICE IN OCTOBER, 2006, ELIMINATES A PRISONER'S RIGHT TO HABEAS CORPUS PROTECTION IN TRIALS BY SPECIAL MILITARY COMMISSIONS. CURRENTLY PRISONERS BEING HELD AS ENEMY COMBATANTS AT GUANTANAMO ARE AFFECTED, BUT MANY QUESTIONS REMAIN TO BE ANSWERED. COULD THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT ALSO BE APPLIED TO AMERICAN CITIZENS? HOW CAN SUSPENSION OF HABEAS CORPUS IN MILITARY COMMISSION TRIALS BE PERMITTED UNDER THE CONSTITUTION?

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