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Due process of law is a legal concept that ensures the government will respect all of a person's legal rights instead of just some or most of those legal rights, when the government deprives a person of life, liberty, or property. Due process has also been interpreted as placing limitations on laws and legal proceedings in order to guarantee fundamental fairness, justice, and liberty...

But today Due Process is in Danger. Today, so long as the defendant has at least one charge being "enemy combatant" regardless of the legitimacy of this claim, an American may be held them indefinitely without charges, a hearing, or a lawyer.

As Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Tribe said on ABC's Nightline (August 12):

"It bothers me that the executive branch is taking the amazing position that just on the president's say-so, any American citizen can be picked up, not just in Afghanistan, but at O'Hare Airport or on the streets of any city in this country, and locked up without access to a lawyer or court just because the government says he's connected somehow with the Taliban or Al Qaeda. That's not the American way. It's not the constitutional way. . . . And no court can even figure out whether we've got the wrong guy."

As Americans, we enjoy the comfort of knowing that if accused we can defend ourselves. That the system can work. But now it is possible for someone to make an accusation without foundation, and lock us away forever. Who among us would be comfortable in an America where the accused is guilty until proven innocent? There is no reason to deny an American the right to a fair trial.

Would we risk taking the path of other nations? In Iraq the elected President was allowed to arrest without just cause or fair trial. He became a tyrant. What is to stop that from happening here?

We, the undersigned, Urge you to fight this unconstitutional law. We owe it to those who fought and died to protect our rights, We owe it to our children who live to inherit this world, and we owe it to ourselves so that we may be secure in our innocence.

"...government of the People by the People for the People shall not perish from the Earth." --Abraham Lincoln

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