Oh, for an Attorney General who can actually understand the Bill of Rights:
The government has the legal authority to prosecute journalists for publishing classified information, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said yesterday…
Mr. Gonzales said that the administration promoted and respected the right of the press that is protected under the First Amendment. “But it can’t be the case that that right trumps over the right that Americans would like to see, the ability of the federal government to go after criminal activity,” he said. “And so those two principles have to be accommodated.”
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Hmmm. It says no law abridging the freedom of the press. It doesn’t say, “no law abridging the freedom of the press, unless Attorney General Alberto Gonzales somehow loses the ability to parse unambiguous subordinate clauses in the Bill of Rights and says that there is.” Funny about that.
I think I’ve noted before that January 2009 can’t come soon enough. Let me reiterate that idea here now. My dog apparently has a better grasp of the rights of the press under the Constitution than does our nation’s top law enforcement officer. It’s not too much to ask for an Attorney General who knows our Constitution better than one of my domestic quadrupeds.