National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: April 27, 1861

A Loss of Liberty

Abraham Lincoln

In response to Maryland riots, Lincoln secretly authorizes General Winfield Scott to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and arrest unruly citizens in that state.

Now: November 13, 2001

Executive Authority

Guantanamo Bay detention camp

A military order allows non-citizen terror suspects to be held indefinitely without charges, a court hearing, or a lawyer. The order is declared unconstitutional in 2004.

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