Along with a declaring martial law, The President has ordered the suspension of the constitutionally protected right to writs of habeas corpus, in response to the outbreak of what appears to be “Rebellion.” At this time, the suspension applies only in Maryland and parts of the Midwestern states.

In response to the arrest of Maryland secessionist John Merryman by federal agents, Chief Justice Taney defied The Presidents order and issued a writ of habeas corpus demanding that the U.S. Military bring Merryman before the Supreme Court. Thus far, the administration has ignored the order and continues "forward."