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Discussion #3 Shyanne Brinkley In viewpoint 34A, War Justifies the Restriction of Civil Liberties , the document is a letter written by Abraham Lincoln in response to a group of Democrats in Albany, New York, who complained of the Constitution and Bill of Rights being violated when a congressman named Clement L.Vallandigham was put in prison for publicly speaking ill word about Lincoln. He continuously mentions habeas corpus , which is a constitutional right that forbids unlawful detention. In his letter, Lincoln defends himself by opening with facts stated within the constitution that therefore made the trial for Vallandigham lawful. He amends that the right was added at the end of the revolution, and although a disadvantage, it is made legal by a law made years before that Lincoln quotes,"except when, in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require" their suspension…” He further explains that with the Civil War at hand, there were Confederate spies crawling around every corner. The quote he mentioned before justifies that he had to adapt laws quickly to keep his country safe. Lincoln then proceeds to identify and give reasons to the problems behind the justice system he is responsible for. He says that America’s system was set up to do individual or small grouped cases; with the Civil War, Confederate sympathizers and spies were caught in bands. A law had to be made to cover the amount of people the system was not made to handle. So, habeas corpus was suspended. Lincoln brings it to a fine point but saying Vallandigham’s case was a perfect example of this corrosion. In cases

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