posted on Jun, 27 2006 @ 11:47 PM
Amendment I - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Originally posted by zappafan1
REPLY: Please inform me of a Constitutional Right you have lost.
The way the Bush administration has handled the press has been embarassing. Playing favorites with the media, plantng propaganda stories in the
press, planting reporters in the press corps, completely ignoring long standing and respected journalists, and threatening to revoke press
credentials? Seems like several offenses directly aimed at the first ammendment rights of the citizens.
Amendment IV - Search and Seizure
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be
searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The Patriot Act completed circumvents the forth ammendment. All the government needs is to mutter the word "suspicion" and its a free for all. The
Patriot Act is the most draconian of laws ever passed in this country and guarantees you no rights if you are on the wrong side of the argument.
Amendment V - Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in
cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject
for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be
deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just
The Patriot Act also nullifies this ammendment. The minute you are under suspicion, and you are arrested, your property is siezed and becomes state
property. If the government says you did something, and can link any possession to the charge, that property is gone. It will be sold at auction
long before you have a chance to clear your name.
Amendment VI - Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district
wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause
of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the
Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Speedy trial? Confrontation of witnesses? Not after 9/11. If you are suspected of wrong doing you are going to be "detained" and "disappear"
for a while. No trial. No witnesses. If you can prove yourself innocent, you'll surface months after the fact.
Have these happened to me directly? Nope, but they have happened to Americans since 9/11, and when it happens to one citizen it opens the door to
happening to any citizen. There is no excuse for the executive to ignore the documents considered the foundation of this country and its government.
When transgressions take place against the constructs of the constitution we all lose, as our civil liberties, as guaranteed through the constitution
and the bill of rights, become nothing more than speed bumps in the government's race to assume total control over our lives.