Today’s Mystery Guest

Who is this woman?

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

3 thoughts on “Today’s Mystery Guest”

  1. She is the person who stated just over one year ago :
    “…someone suspected of helping finance Al Qaeda should be subject to battlefield law — indefinite detention without a trial…”

    suspected

  2. According to Wikipedia, she was paraphrased by the New York Times as saying that, so it wasn’t a direct quote, but still … that was in her capacity as U.S. Solicitor General. Now Elena Kagan, former Dean of Harvard Law School, has been nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to fill the vacancy on the nine-person U.S. Supreme Court that will be left when 90-year-old John Paul Stevens retires. If confirmed, she would be the fourth female justice in the court’s history, and the eighth Jewish judge. Republican members of the Senate judiciary committe have expressed concern that Kagan has never served as a judge before. That’s not an absolute prerequisite as in 1972 William Renquist was apointed to the Supreme Court without prior judicial experience, but traditionally nominees have served in that capacity before. In advance of congressional mid-term elections this November Republicans may seek to pander to their more radical right-wing supporters by challenging her nomination based on her suspected support of gay rights.

  3. I don’t know what Wikipedia says, Gregory, but you can read the transcript of her comments at her Solicitor General hearing, at which point she was still Dean Kagan and therefore not yet under any obligation to toe the government line.

    Senator Graham asked about the constitutionality of holding suspected enemy combatants and financiers indefinitely and she agreed it was the law.

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