Robert Parry | Gonzales Questions Habeas Corpus 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.
'You may be treading on your interdiction of violating common sense,' Specter said.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Gonzales Questions Habeas Corpus