Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thursday Constitution blogging

Article. I.

Section. 8.

Clause 1: The Congress shall have Power....

Clause 11: To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

As they say here in blogtopia (™ skippy the bush kangaroo), IANAL, which is, being interpreted, I am not a lawyer, however it seems to me that if power to make rules concerning captures on land and water is vested by the Constitution in the Congress--and NOT in the Executive Branch--then we should not tolerate silly ass quibbling over things like rendition and Guantánamo because the President doesn't have a damned thing to say about it.

So, Congress, get your asses in gear and pass a law NOW, unless one or more are already in place, to say that rendition is not allowed and persons held in our custody are entitled to know the charges brought against them. And if such laws are already on the books, then Judiciary, get your asses in gear and nail the bastards. Here's a clue: habeas corpus. End of story.

I might cut Congress some slack and say they have other more pressing work to do but since they have neither (1) ended the illegal and immoral occupation in Iraq--and I won't call it a war because they haven't frigging declared one--nor (2) begun impeachment proceedings against the Dark Lord and the Fratboy, nor (3) overhauled health care in this nation, nor (4) passed legislation to ensure a verifiable vote count across this nation, then they might as well do this because they seem to be doing sod all.

Here endeth the rant.

Have YOU read the United States Constitution lately?
--the BB

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