Thursday, January 18, 2007

Alberto's take on Habeas Corpus

CBC News

This is the kind of thing that prompted me to start this blog in the first place. Way back when Alberto Gonzales was first nominated for the post of Attorney General I could see he was a word weasel with no scruples, and he continues to surpass his original weaselness with every breath he takes.

Here's his latest over-the-top reinterpretation of the US Constitution, offered during today's Senate hearing, Arlen Specter asking the questions:
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?

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 who says that the Constitution is not a living, breathing document, meant to be reinvented with every generation? Not Alberto, heavens no.