American legal principles vs. historic precedent:
"Inter arma enim silent leges" (Laws are silent in times of war)
Excerpt from Wiki article:
The Supreme Court explicitly referred to this maxim within its ruling on the case Ex parte Milligan, when it remarked that "these [amendments of the Bill of Rights], in truth, are all peace provisions of the Constitution and, like all other conventional and legislative laws and enactments, are silent amidst arms, and when the safety of the people becomes the supreme law."
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