Inter Arma Silent Leges

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Andrew Schwartz
2/18/13
US history 1

In times of war, laws are silent. Throughout every war there are legal issues that are brought to the table. These issues decide the fate of our country. The government must act fast to protect its citizens. Inter arma silent leges may seem unconstitutional but we deem it necessary because in the end, it comes to our benefit. Laws should be silent in times of war because it saved our union from falling apart, it allowed America to receive vital information, and allowed the united nations to win World War Two.

During the civil war, the border stares were essential to the union. If they fell to the confederates, our capitol would be surrounded and we would lose the war. Rabble-Rousers spied on the union and reported back to the South. Their intentions were to bring the Border States to south by giving them information that would cause them to desire to leave. America cannot afford to allow these “Rabble-Rousers” to continue their acts of treason to the Union and trying to make it fall. Though they were protected by the constitution, Lincoln found it necessary to jail them. He suspended the writ of Habeus Corpus. These powers were not given to him yet he was able to proceed without being stopped because laws are silent during war. If he could not suspend Habeus Corpus, Maryland would have fallen to the Confederates, our capitol would have been surrounded by the South, and precious Border States would have fallen.

Another reason why laws are silent is that America received vital information due to the violation of the American Human Rights laws. America was attacked on 9/11. We promised to serve justice to those responsible. Justice was done to their leader, Osama Bin Laden. Through years of illegal torture (or deemed legal for the circumstances), America found where UBL was hiding. The military then acted on the compound and brought Bin Laden to justice and taking out Al Qaeda’s leader.

In addition, World War Two...
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