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Habeas Corpus- 1863 to present

1. Read these two articles:

Slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2059132

Background on Guantanamo detainees: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/jan-june04/guantanamo_4-21.html

2. Watch this video: MSNBC Habeas Corpus video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7B6eLNRRmE. If you are really impatient fast forward to about 2:50 into the clip.

Based on the articles and video answer the following questions in complete sentences and using your own words. Typewritten as usual.

1. Was Lincoln justified in suspending habeas corpus? Why or why not?

2. Is Bush justified in his limitation of detainees ability to use habeas corpus to question their detention? Why or why not?

3. Compare the situations faced by the two presidents and discuss similarities and differences. Consider:

  • the nation and war in 1863 and 2006
  • what each president was trying to protect or prevent