March 20, 2003

What are we Fighting For?

Eric Alterman points us toward this NY Times article (free registration) which reports on Justice Scalia receiving the Citadel of Free Speach award in Cleveland. You will love the headline. But the Justice's views on individual rights scare me:

He talked mostly about the constitutional protection of religions, but also said that government has room to scale back individual rights during wartime without violating the Constitution.

``The Constitution just sets minimums,'' Scalia said. ``Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires.''

And I thought that the rights I enjoy were clearly stated in the US Constitution. I wonder if he has been reading a draft of something new being prepared by Ashcroft's minions.

Posted by Steve on March 20, 2003
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