Gonzales Needs Lesson on Habeas Corpus
Hentoff, Nat, Columbia Daily Tribune (Columbia, MO)
At a Jan. 18 hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales actually said: "There is no express grant of habeas" corpus "in the Constitution. ... The Constitution doesn't say every individual in the United States or citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus."
He added that in the Constitution, "there's" only "a prohibition against taking it away." So, if you're imprisoned, you are not guaranteed, he claimed, the right to go to a court and have the government prove the legality of your confinement.
This is an astonishing dismissal by our chief law enforcement officer of the oldest fundamental right in Anglo-Saxon …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: Gonzales Needs Lesson on Habeas Corpus. Contributors: Hentoff, Nat - Author. Newspaper title: Columbia Daily Tribune (Columbia, MO). Publication date: February 11, 2007. Page number: Not available. © 2007 Columbia Daily Tribune. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.