January 19, 2007

Genuinely stunning…

Posted in Civil rights, Law at 12:04 pm by The Lizard Queen

…and I don’t mean that in a good way.

Specter: Now wait a minute, wait a minute. The Constitution says you can’t take it away except in the case of invasion or rebellion. Doesn’t that mean you have the right of habeas corpus?

[Attorney General] Gonzales: I meant by that comment that the Constitution doesn’t say that every individual in the United States or every citizen has or is assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn’t say that. It simply says that the right of habeas corpus shall not be suspended.

So, then, Mr. Gonzales, which citizens or individuals in the United States do have the right of habeas corpus? And who gets to make that call?

I don’t always agree with Ed Brayton, but it’s hard to disagree when he says that “It’s time for Gonzales to step down. An attorney general this ignorant of the Constitution has no business doing that job.” Why do I get the feeling that things in this country are going to get worse before they get better?



  1. gye nyame said,

    oh my poor head.
    what is there to say,… I rather agree with you.

  2. DavidD said,

    He said “(not) every citizen”?! I understand lawyers trying to be sneaky about what rights non-citizens have under the Constitution, especially when not on US soil, but for there to be a class of citizens for whom the Constitution is irrelevant is quite a claim. I think Gonzales has guaranteed with his words even before this that he will never be on the Supreme Court, first Hispanic or not.

  3. pavlov112 said,

    To hell with it being time for him to step down. He should not have stepped up in the first place. Between the death penalty reviews he gave Bush as governor of Texas and the memos he wrote justifying all manner of nefarious crap, he never should have been confirmed in the first place. (I know that that’s not an exhaustive list, but it’s more than sufficient for this discussion.)

    And let’s not even get started on discussing whether due process or any other constitutional guarantees apply only to citizens. I am so sick to death of that crap. The protections afforded by the US constitution may only apply to US citizens as a matter of law, but as a matter of principle, we should apply them to everyone we take into any kind of custody. Anything less is hypocrisy, plain and simple.

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