Saturday, January 20, 2007

Defying all common sense…yet again…

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales:
“…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.”
Does this guy have the slightest acquaintance with elementary logic?

The Constitution says:
“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.”
It does not say “Those who have the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not have it suspended,” and “the privilege…shall not be suspended” would be utter nonsense if such privilege were not universal.

This is beyond mere parsing. With this single statement, Mr. Gonzales has demonstrated that he is not fit to be an attorney, let alone Attorney General. Such illiteracy ought to prevent one from graduating eighth grade.

h/t: Crooks and Liars blog

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