On 24 September 1862 Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus. That’s an ancient writ that harkens back to Magna Carta and requires the government either to charge you or turn you loose. It means they can’t imprison you indefinitely just because you are their political critic. Therefore Abraham Lincoln had to suspend the writ, and by the war’s end had imprisoned more than 50,000 Northerners. Whoops! That story doesn’t get into the history books too often, now does it?