My friend Rebecca
wrote the following in an open letter to the US President:
See, over the weekend, I found out through the wonderful thing that is the Internet, that you've signed a law that, in effect, suspends Habeas Corpus.Context
Now, I know you went to Yale, but I aslo know that you were a C student, and that your admission was somewhat contingent on the fact that your father went as well. So, seeing as you may not have been among the brightest in your class, I hope you'll forgive a future history teacher for a vocabulary definition. Habeas Corpus is the writ (ie, document), that states that one cannot be detained without access to the charges against him or her. It dates from 1215, in a document called the Magna Carta. Maybe you've heard of it. If you haven't, it's worth a read, though you'll have to get a translation, as the original, I believe, is in medieval French.
for the win :)