Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez: Habeas Corpus Not in Constitution

Don’t read this if you’re eating:

Responding to questions from Sen. Arlen Specter at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Jan. 18, Gonzales argued that the Constitution doesn’t explicitly bestow habeas corpus rights; it merely says when the so-called Great Writ can be suspended. “There is no expressed grant of habeas in the Constitution; there’s a prohibition against taking it away,” Gonzales said. Gonzales’s remark left Specter, the committee’s ranking Republican, stammering. “Wait a minute,” Specter interjected. “The Constitution says you can’t take it away except in case of rebellion or invasion. Doesn’t that mean you have the right of habeas corpus unless there’s a rebellion or invasion?” Gonzales continued, “The Constitution doesn’t say every individual in the United States or citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn’t say that. It simply says the right shall not be suspended” except in cases of rebellion or invasion.”

2 thoughts on “Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez: Habeas Corpus Not in Constitution

  1. JB

    As an outsider, I have to say that the concept of this guy coming out with such a weaselly remark makes me surprised that you guys don’t consider him un-American.

  2. Denzer

    I watched that hearing and when I heard that particular bit of vile mendacity my heart nearly stopped. Gonzales is an absolute agent of evil. His string of anti-american coups performed while in the administration are beyond comprehension. More important that impeaching Bush is to begin an immediate investigation to the sum total of Gonzo’s doings and impeach him and all remaining White House staffers that aided him. His wholesale dismantling of the Constitution is beyond treason.

    The failure of all of the senators on the Judiciary Committee to rise to their feet in unison and give him the tongue lashing he deserved is craven and cowardly. That disappoints me more than Gonzo’s words, because what is said is more of the same Machiavelian crap he has been doing for years, but the Congress heard a mandate from the people that some thing have to change and they had better learn it quickly. This on the job training shit just doesn’t seem to be working out very well.

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