Privacy: Privacy by decree

NOWHERE DOES the Constitution guarantee the right to privacy. The word ''privacy" isn't even mentioned in the text. But if all you had to go by was the obsessive interest in the subject whenever there is a Supreme Court vacancy, you might imagine that privacy is the very bedrock of American constitutional law. Few legal cows today are more sacred. A judicial nominee who referred dismissively to the ''so-called right to privacy" or insisted that courts should not ''discern such an abstraction in the Constitution" would stand no chance of winning confirmation.

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 10th November 2005 6:27AM