JOHN MCKAY

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January 11, 2018

CIVIL WAR AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Great talk. Something I’d never thought to ask about. I enjoyed how he brought the position forward to reapply to present day. I knew that a military tribunal could operate differently but now I can see where it was applied,  and this continuing legacy. - Stephen Pierce
Excellent! A very knowledgeable speaker with an awful lot to offer. His legal background and experience(s) made easy for. Him to convey his points without “losing” anyone. I especially liked his sharing of the mic during the Q & A. ‘Provide a lot of context to his responses which is often lost with other speakers. Very professional and much appreciated presentation. - Bob Hazen
Great! So far all the meetings I have been to have been good. Kudos to whoever is responsible. - Verlin Judd
The presentation rated a good. Textbooks, articles, and college teaching usually discuss Ex Parte Merryman and Ex Parte Milligan as a couplet of cases on Lincoln's suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus.   The political science instructors conclude that a president can ignore a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court as long as (1) the nation is under a serious military crisis; (2) the U.S. Congress strongly supports him with legislation; and (3) public opinion is overwhelmingly with him.   Once one of these elements has diminished, the rule of law resumes its precedence. - Jorgen Bader
An intriguing analysis of the Lincoln habeas corpus suspension as it relates to enemy combatants and their so-called rights. It is easy to find Lincoln's actions (he suspended habeas corpus more than once) defiant of the Constitution, but at that time in history, when preservation of our nation was at stake, Lincoln's common-sense decisions were probably the only avenues he could pursue.

Lincoln's actions seem not much different to me than President Franklin Roosevelt's Proclamation #2537 which facilitated the ultimate full-scale internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Hindsight is a remarkable skill possessed by many today, who find it convenient to sanitize history to assuage their own moral guilt. I was 9 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. My parents and I were terrified of a Japanese invasion. We looked to the president for our personal protection and the defense of our country against the Japanese. Roosevelt's decisions at that time may be judged wrong by today's standards, but at that time, most Americans supported and were comforted by his action to protect us. Lincoln was doing the same. -
Richard Kerr
John McKay’s talk was exceptional.  Accomplished the melding of the questions surrounding Lincoln’s suspension of Habeas Corpus to events in current times.  Very interesting.  Hopefully we can see him in the future. - Keith Clark
A unique point of view and comparison. An experienced lecturer. - Doug Galuszka
It was truly wonderful to have a speaker come and present an interesting topic. The beauty of this group and this speaker is the ability to listen to perspectives I hadn't thought about and pieces of history that I haven't yet been exposed to. I thought the speaker was composed, honest, and detailed. He was also willing to embrace what he didn't know and still presented an interesting conversation. Well done. I really appreciated what Mr. McKay had to say. - Will Sullivan