Friday, January 26, 2007

Even for the Bush Administration....

...this may be a new low.

From a Senate hearing on January 17th, the following exchange between Senator Arlen Specter and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales:

Gonzales: There is no express grant of habeas in the Constitution. There's a prohibition against taking it away. ...

Specter: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. The Constitution says you can't take it away except in cases of rebellion or invasion. Doesn't that mean you have the right of habeas corpus unless there's an invasion or rebellion?

Gonzales: I meant by that comment, the Constitution doesn't say every individual in the United States or every citizen is hereby granted or assured the right to habeas. Doesn't say that. It simply says the right of habeas corpus shall not be suspended except...

Specter: You may be treading on your interdiction and violating common sense, Mr. Attorney General.


Wow. Just....wow.

Bush should demand Gonzales' resignation immediately. (He won't.)

Oh, and just to keep Mark Evanier happy.....

2 comments:

Rooster said...

I think he's asked people not to post the banners this year.

E. Q. Taft said...

Yes, I know. But that's last year's banner...