Abraham Lincoln, Military Tribunals and Civil Liberties: Then and Now
Recorded on April 20, 2004
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Since the beginning of the war on terror, the treatment of enemy
combatants has been a controversial issue for the United States.
The Administration has recently approved the use of military
tribunals for some of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Meanwhile,
the Supreme Court will determine whether foreign nationals may sue
in U.S. courts to challenge their detention.
The Heritage Foundation is pleased to host Rhode Island Supreme
Court Chief Justice Frank Williams. Justice Williams was recently
appointed to the review panel for appeals from the military
commission to be held at Guantanamo Bay. He has studied Lincoln
since he was 11 years old and serves on the U.S. Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission. He will offer a historical retrospective
on the use and custom of military tribunals in American history,
with a special focus on the Civil War. Please join us for a lecture
on this important and timely topic.