Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Constitution Day!

We here at the Cucking Stool think that it's no coincidence that the very first day of Alberto Gonzales's unemployment is also Constitution Day.

Let's take a look at what Mr. Gonzales has done to breathe new life into this document that forms the basis of our democracy.

Over at Common Dreams, HopeMarston and Ben Grosscup have a quick rundown of the sections of the Bill of Rights that have taken a beating during his tenure:
The Fourth Amendment
Gonzales helped cover up abuses of National Security Letters (NSLs), administrative subpoenas whose power was extended by the PATRIOT Act...

The Eighth Amendment
Throughout his tenure at the White House, Gonzales actively enabled the normalization of torture...

The Constitutional Right of Habeas Corpus
Gonzales laid out a legal justification for denying the right of habeas corpus. At a January 18, 2007, Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Gonzales made the hair-splitting claim that “There is no express grant of habeas in the Constitution..."

Let's review some of the more pointed commentary on the Gonzales tenure:

Can You Even Imagine How Bad it Must Have Been?

Report Suggests Laws Broken in Attorney Firings

Burning the Law in a Riot of Treason

What were the pre-2005 "other intelligence activities"?

Happy Constitution Day. Go exercise some rights.

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
-James Madison

Update: Edited to include Preamble by Mike Wilkins.

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