From the daily archives: Friday, January 19, 2007

[GONZALES:] “The Constitution does not say that every citizen has the right to habeas corpus.”

Constitution: “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.”

The Supreme Court agrees with me, and disagrees with Gonzales, importantly in two recent cases, Hamdi v Rumsfeld and Hamdan v Rumsfeld.

HT: CorrenteWire.

Addendum: that actually might not have been the craziest thing said at yesterday’s hearings. Seriously. Glenn Greenwald summarizes:

Or, to put it another way, the Terrorists pose such a grave danger to […]

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Yes, that right – the Pentagon is drafting up rules that would allow for punishments as severe as execution based only on hearsay – stuff that isn’t admissible as evidence in a normal court of law.

The Pentagon has drafted a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be convicted on hearsay evidence and coerced testimony and imprisoned or put to death.

Don’t forget – this can happen to US citizens. (See more articles here at Plunderbund on this topic.)

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I was looking forward to seeing Stephen Colbert on the O’Reilly Factor tonight.
I expected it to be uncomfortable and almost painful to watch- also extremely funny.
I even suffered through what I assume is the normal crap on this show: kidnapped kids, medical marijuana and deaths resulting from radio shock-jock stunts.Man, was I disappointed.

The show was completely boring.? Especially the Colbert interview.

The only thing that even came close to being?funny was Stephen’s initial comment:

Bill, thank you for having me on.?
This is an amazing honor- I want you to know? that?
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