On Thursday's "Countdown," Keith Olbermann brings back George Washington University Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley to talk about the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on the Restoration of Habeas Corpus Act today. Armed with the truth, Turley smacks down the President and the previous Republican-led Congress for passing the Military Commissions Act and gives us this gem on the Bush legacy:
Turley: "The greatest irony of the Bush Administration is that his legacy will be to show the dangers of walking away from those rights that define us. We're very much alone today. He can't go to Canada without people protesting, Miss America can't even go to Mexico without being booed. We're viewed as a rogue nation and it is a dangerous world to live in when you're alone."
Update:mcjoan has more:
Olbermann: The right to bear arms, to believe your religion or to not believe any religion at all, to say what you want, these rights get people fired up, no matter what side of the debate they're on. Is not habeas corpus essential to all of them? You don't have that, it doesn't matter what the second amendment says?
Turley: That's right.... all those rights are meaningless [without habeas corpus] because it's habeas corpus that allows you to get to a court who can hear your complaint. So without habeas corpus it's just basically words that have no meaning, and this president has shown the dangers of the assertion of absolute power. He has asserted the right to take an American citizen, declare them unilaterally an enemy combatant and deny them all rights. The courts have said otherwise and now Congress will say otherwise