"Obama invoked the same tradition in 2008, while campaigning for the presidency. The Washington Post reported:
Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for more than a decade, said captured suspects deserve to file writs of habeus corpus. Calling it "the foundation of Anglo-American law," he said the principle "says very simply: If the government grabs you, then you have the right to at least ask, Why was I grabbed?' And say, Maybe you've got the wrong person.'"