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Suspension of Habaes Corpus

Habaes Corpus, or the right to a court trial, is a fundamental principle guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. After 9/11 and the start of the Iraq war, cases began to appear of terrorist suspects detained at Guantanamo Bay and other facilities without access to court trials. In many of these cases, suspects were innocent, but detained for years with out evidence. Bush and Cheney vigorously defended their right to detain individuals without trial because they were classified as "enemy combatants", even though many suspects never wore a uniform. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that enemy combatants must be granted trail rights.