Showing posts from October, 2007

A time for intervention: get in the way

In 1866 the US Supreme Court issued an explicit ruling that no emergency – not even an open civil war like the country had just suffered through – can justify the suspension or removal of any rights recognized by the Constitution. Although five of the justices were appointed by Abraham Lincoln, the Court delivered a message that Lincoln's deliberate disregard of the law of the land during his "war presidency" was illegal.

Their words were clear: "The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances."

The same rights those justices were trying to protect 140 years ago are still being trampled today. The rights of the people of Kaua‘i to assemble and protest are violated by Gov. Lingle and others in her administration as she orders the Coast Guard to arrest anyone who enters hastily-drawn "emergency security z…