scalia on the constitution
Justice Antonin Scalia hotly denied that the odious so-called PATRIOT Act denied Americans their Constitutional rights. You can't deny anyone rights they don't have, Scalia said.
Well, not exactly; what he said was this:
One audience member asked Scalia about his thoughts on the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism measure passed after Sept. 11, 2001, that gave government officials broad new surveillance powers and limited the information available to the public about the government.
Scalia said the more irresponsible and violent a society becomes, the more citizens' freedoms will be restricted. He said that U.S. citizens tend to interpret the Constitution as giving them more power than the document provides.
"I will enforce the constitutional minimums," Scalia said. "But they are minimums. You've got to realize that."
The Constitution begs to differ:
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why the Democrats are right to deny Bush the opportunity to appoint any more like Scalia to the Court.