Saturday, January 20, 2007

Habeas for Habeas?

Is it Orwell or Carroll? On January 18, 2007, the Attorney General of the United States, testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said, “There is no express grant of habeas in the Constitution.”

Now, Section 9 of Article 1 contains the following: "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."

Somehow Gonzales interprets this section to mean that something you don't necessarily have cannot be taken away from you.

Senator Spector suggested that Mr. Gonazles was on the verge of violating "common sense." One would be hard pressed, unless one is a member of the administration, to disagree with Mr. Spector.

The virtual trips to Oceania and Wonderland continue.

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