"The Constitution.. it does not mean what you think it means."

Mar 17, 2016

This should be enough to give anyone pause: Alberto Gonzalez, the Attorney General of the United States of America argued before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Constitituion does not grant habeas corpus rights, but only says that they can be suspended. Let's think about this a little: Saying that a right can be suspended implicitly states that there is a right that can be suspended to begin with. Senator Arlen Specter, who headed up the committe, nearly went into a fitof apoplexy when he heard this after asking if Gonzalez's logic took a wrong turn at Albequerqe: "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." This calls into question the rest of the rights granted to US citizens by the Constitution, like freedom of speech, freedom to gather peacefully, and freedom to request a redress of greivances from the government (not that that has ever happened in the past six years or anything like that). This goes against every legally upheld interpretation of the Constitution of the United States since the founding of this country.