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November Rec’s

Quote: “Every human being is the artificer of his own fate… Events, circumstances, etc., have their own origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown.” –Henry David Thoreau

An interesting debate aired on C-Span between Dinesh D’Souza, Christopher Hitchens. It will air again on 11/23 or currently you can view it online here.
Hitchens presents a well thought out and consistent view about religion and mysticism. While I agree with much of what he says, I am still not clear whether his approach to atheism is from a materialist perspective.

Podcast Recommendation: Judge Andrew Napolitano (my FAVORITE Judge ever!) lectures at the Mises Institute about Civil Liberties during Wartime. I also recommend his book, “Constitutional Chaos – What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws“.

edit 12/20/2007
Useful links in regard to the writ of habeas corpus and Due Process:
*Judge Napolitanocites Ex parte Milligan – case decided during the Civil War

*refer to The Federalist Papers – see The Federalist #84 Hamilton
“The establishment of the writ of habeas corpus, the prohibition of ex post fact laws, and of Titles of Nobility, to which we have no corresponding provision in our Constitution, are perhaps greater securities to liberty and republicanism than any it contains.”

*U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 9
“The Privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.” – this right can only be suspended by an act of Congress.

*A good one- habeas corpus Review

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  1. Doesn’t Judge Napolitano support protecting the habeas corpus rights of terrorists and wartime combatants? Do you agree with this view? I am still weighing my thoughts on this.

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  2. In the book, Constitutional Chaos, Judge Napolitano goes in to some detail in regard to habeas corpus and the Due Process clause. Habeas corpus can only be suspended by Congress during the time of invasion.
    I’ll add some links to the main post that you may find useful.
    For all of the good intentions of one branch of power to protect the citizens of the US, it is possible and probable that abuse will occur when basic Constitutional rights are disregarded and laws are bent in order to do so. I think consistency and the rule of law are the way to go.

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