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October 31, 2006

Vietnam may restore habeas corpus

The Vietnamese government is expected to repeal a 10-year-old law that allows the state to detain people without trial. Ironically, one impetus for restoring habeas corpus is the prospect of normalizing trade relations with the US:

"Whoever is detained [in Vietnam] will have to know what they are being detained for and be given an opportunity to go to court and to meet with a lawyer - rights which were not granted before," said Michael Orona, the US state department's deputy director of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, told the AFP news agency. [BBC]

Let's make a game out of it: Whoever reinstates habeas first wins! The loser gets kicked out of the WTO.


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I guess they can restore theirs with the our old one since we no longer use it.

This is pretty bizarre.

It's nice to see American values spreading around the world.

Now if only we had an administration which believes in American values.

Does anyone know how to say "The Thing Satirizes Itself" in Latin? Res ipso...?

Tell me again - why exactly were we were fighting those nasty God-damned communist rat-bastard sons of bitches?

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