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Lincoln and Martial Law

Martial Law can only be declared in the US in very limited circumstances.

“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.”

The courts found part of Lincoln’s suspension was unconstitutional because the local courts in most of the north were still functioning, and so there was no issue of public safety or rebellion relevant to those areas. Lincoln gets beat up by the left a lot of this action.

They only beat up on him for it when it suits them, other times Lincoln is of course the first great champion of civil rights. So beat up on Lincoln as much as you want for suspending Habeas Corpus, but try and have a little knowledge before you do so and make yourself look silly.

Under what other president was Habeas Corpus suspended, and everyone over age 6 finger printed? Where the right to a trial in civilian court was tossed out and all cases heard by military tribunal without appeal? Where all news and media was censored? Where the government banned alcohol? Dictated business hours? Read all mail?

I’ll give you two hints: It wasn’t under George W. Bush (sorry liberals) and it was under a great liberal hero.

*** It wasn’t suspended over the whole of the US.

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