Habeas Clueless

By Anthony | June 16th, 2008 | 8:26 pm

John McCain recently weighed in on the Supreme Court Gitmo decision regarding Habeas Corpus saying:

We are now going to have the courts flooded with so-called, quote, Habeas Corpus suits against the government, whether it be about the diet, whether it be about the reading material. And we are going to be bollixed up in a way that is terribly unfortunate, because we need to go ahead and adjudicate these cases.

Unfortunately for McCain, Habeas Corpus has nothing to do with “diet” or “reading material”. The purpose of a Habeas Corpus suit is to determine if a prisoner is being rightfully detained. As Ed Brayton points out, there are really only two choices here: Either McCain knows what Habeas Corpus is and he’s lying about it, or he has no clue what purpose is served by the constitutional protection of Habeas Corpus. Neither of those options is very encouraging.

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