Speaking of the Constitution | Arkansas Blog

Monday, June 11, 2007

Speaking of the Constitution

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 6:08 PM

When the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals says a Republican president is acting unlawfully through indefinite detention at Guantanamo, you KNOW he's waaay over the line.

“To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians," Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote, “even if the President calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country.”

UPDATE: I note that two Democratic-appointed judges formed the majority in the 2-1 decision. When the Repubs on the 4th circuit get hold of this, it might well be reversed. And a reader notes, correctly, that this isn't about Gitmo specifically, only about the types of tactics Bush has used to populate prisons in his war.

The president got a reprieve of sorts today on another case where his administration has sneered at the Constitution, through the politicization of the Justice Department. A motion to allow a vote on a no-confidence resolution on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales drew a majority of the senators, but not the 60 needed to end debate.

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • Former Arkansas Baptist professor 'exploring' run for Little Rock Ward 7 city director

    Edmond "Ed" Davis, a former professor at Arkansas Baptist College and the executive director of a school applying for a charter in Southwest Little Rock, will announce the formation of an exploratory committee for a campaign for the Little Rock city director Ward 7 position. Brenda "B.J." Wyrick has held the position since 1994.
    • Apr 3, 2018
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The Tom Cotton Big Lie open line

    • DBI: you are not the only one concerned. I think trump is a totally bought…

    • on May 26, 2018
  • Re: The Tom Cotton Big Lie open line

    • I wish Clarke Tucker was a clone of Nancy Pelosi instead of a weak-tea Democrat…

    • on May 26, 2018
  • Re: The Tom Cotton Big Lie open line

    • Tuesday while working at the polls we had a woman come in during the afternoon…

    • on May 26, 2018



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation