Iraqi and American democracy
SLevinson at law.utexas.edu
Sun Jun 12 07:47:34 PDT 2005
Or consider the following, which is Article 15 of the Transition Constitution, and ask yourself if the Bush Administration could defend some of its present positions under the following:
(((G) Every person deprived of his liberty by arrest or detention shall have the right of recourse to a court to determine the legality of his arrest or detention without delay and to order his release if this occurred in an illegal manner. [Should we advise them to change "every person" to "every citizen"? That wouldn't please the Bush Administration with regard to Padilla and Hamdi. So how about "every person not labeled by unreviewable fiat a 'terrorist'" deprived of his liberty.....
(I) Civilians may not be tried before a military tribunal. Special or exceptional courts may not be established.
(J) Torture in all its forms, physical or mental, shall be prohibited under all circumstances, as shall be cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment....
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Subject: RE: Iraqi and American democracy
I will rise to the bait and ask why it is that a discussion of US policy vis-a-vis the drafting the Iraqi Constitution, by far the most important such project in the world today, raises "nothing much that would advance a reasoned discussion of constitutional lawl." (I realize that many of the members of this list disagree, as evidenced by their postings, but I am curious why Mr. Henderson disagrees. Is it that I stated my point a bit tendentiously? Does the word "much" suggest that there is at least "something" that is relevant to "a reasoned discussion of constitutional law"?
Let me ask my question a somewhat different way: Do the Iraqi drafters of their own constitution have anything at all to learn from the present operation of our constitutional system in the US? If so, are the lessons positive or negative? Do US specialists in constitutional law have anything at all to learn from the Interim Constitution (drafted under heavy US influence, even if not control) and/or from the process of constitution formation now going on in Iraq?
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Subject: Re: Iraqi and American democracy
In a message dated 6/12/2005 5:07:24 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, SLevinson at law.utexas.edu writes nothing much that would advance a reasoned discussion of constitutional law.
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