We would like to extend a special invitation to join us at an upcoming event in San Francisco that will address one of the most important Constitutional issues of our day— the restoration of Habeas Corpus and Due Process rights for all, including CCR clients held in Guantanamo—and the underlying assumption that eliminating our rights can make us safer. CCR Executive Director Vincent Warren will participate in this important debate at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Thursday, June 19: "Habeas Corpus Gitmo-Style." We hope to see you at the forum and the reception that follows.
The Perceived Tension Between Liberty and Security
"Don't know what the writ of habeas corpus is? Habeas corpus prevents the indefinite detainment of a prisoner without being charged or brought before a court. Defenders of the right say that suspending the writ of habeas corpus has historically been limited to "when the public safety may require it" and has only been done a handful of times in U.S. history. Can the United States effectively defend against terrorism without suspending habeas corpus? What does it take to protect our freedom? With the Supreme Court set to rule on CCR’s case Al Odah v. U.S. and Boumediene v. Bush (which concern habeas petitions of detainees at Guantanamo Bay), panelists will bring you a deeper understanding of these important issues."
Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Kent Scheidegger, Legal Director, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
In conversation with Bob Egelko, Legal Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. wine and hors d'oeuvres reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)