First, there's a new blog in town on the crisis involving habeas corpus: Find Habeas. Check it out.
Second, here's an exchange in my local newspaper I had in September 2006 on the issue.
My initial letter (written 29 September; published 11 October)
I'm not writing today to protest the recent Congressional bills allowing President Bush the power to "interpret" the Geneva Convention's bans on torture. Let others describe what legalizing "waterboarding," "long time standing," "cold room," "stress positions," and other practices means in terms of our self-understanding as a people and our moral standing in the community of nations. Let others explain how this means that the government will now openly treat people in the 21st century the way slave owners treated their slaves in the 19th century. Let others explain how this bill fits with the decent respect to the opinions of mankind we once prided ourselves on possessing. Let others explain what use a free press is when it passes on without comment, let alone protest, the Administration's use of Orwellian phrases like "interrogation techniques." Let others explain how we could have defeated the Nazis and the Soviets without such laws.
No, today I'd like to remind us that the Congress has just given away the right to habeas corpus, which is the very heart of English common law since the Magna Carta of 1215. What that means is the President can simply label anyone, anywhere, American citizen or not, an "enemy combatant," and lock them away indefinitely without the ability to have their day in court. What this means is the end of the rule of law and the beginning of the rule of men. What this means is the end of the American experiment in individual rights. What this means is that we no longer live in the country of our ancestors.