Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Op-Ed: Privilege's limits

Amid the increasingly, um, elaborate strategies being used by Bush administration officials such as Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to avoid answering questions posed by Congressional investigators, ACLU of Massachusetts board member Harvey Silverglate offers a refreshing reminder in today's Boston Globe: the claim of "executive privilege" shouldn't be taken for granted, and the U.S. Senate isn't powerless.

Though seldom used, the Senate has the power to direct its sergeant-at-arms to arrest anyone who defies Senate rules -- up to and including the President of the United States.

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