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Writ off: 1. wrote (archaic past tense) off, cancelled. 2. writ of: written command issued by a court.

habeas corpus: A writ of habeas corpus (from Latin, ‘You are commanded to have the body [in court]’) is an order to bring a prisoner before a judge in court to be released from custody unless the custodian can prove legal authority to continue to detain the prisoner. The right of the writ of habeas corpus, also known as the Great Writ, is considered by many legal scholars to be the most fundamental right, serving not only against unlawful imprisonment, but also against torture and ‘disappearance’ of prisoners, and dates back to the Magna Carta Libertatum, the Great Charter of Liberties, which the English Barons forced King John to sign in the year 1215 after he lost Normandy and other continental lands to France, gave England and Ireland to the Pope, and raised taxes to exorbitant levels to pay for all his wars. The Suspension Clause of the U.S. Consitution, Article 1, Section 9, specifies that “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.” Nonetheless, ‘President’ George W. Bush on 31 November 2001 issued a Presidential Military Order revoking denying non-citizens of the U.S. the right of the writ of habeas corpus.

Geneva: … coming soon

Bill of Rights: … coming soon

Hail: … coming soon

torcherer: 1. torturer, of anyone he feels like torturing. 2. torcher, of the Magna Carter, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Bill of Rights, the Geneva Conventions, and dozens of other binding laws and treaties.

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