Sunday, October 19

The odd lies of Sarah Palin VIII

Habeus Corpus, the lie from the RNC convention:

Al Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and [Obama is] worried that someone won't read them their rights.

The truth:

Obama isn't worried, as Palin said, "that someone won't read them their rights" when it comes to suspected terrorists who are detained by the U.S. He does, however, support the right of detainees to challenge their imprisonment in federal court. That's the same position the Supreme Court took in June in a case called Boumediene v. Bush.

Technically, this lie originates in her speechwriter and his team, as I imagine Palin hadn't the faintest clue what habeus corpus meant. Still, that alone should be enough to disqualify her from the presidency: even with the "best" advisors, it's difficult to uphold a constitution you aren't familiar with. Exhibit A: George W. Bush. I've said before that her answer and false statement means she should at the very least explain herself in an interview. So far, nothing, so I can only assume she's not even aware of her mistake and actually thinks Obama is worried about "reading the terrorists their rights". That's simply unacceptable when dealing with one of the most important presidential-level issues of our time (the Bush administration's attempt to deny habeus rights by sequestering suspects at Guantanamo Bay).

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