posted on Aug, 10 2007 @ 10:34 AM
Amendment 13 - Slavery Abolished. Ratified 12/6/1865.
1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime
whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist
within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
I am researching the Constitution, as all Americans have the responsibility to do, and came across this interesting fact about the 13th Amendment. The
bold face was added by me to draw attention to what caught my eye. It states slavery, or involuntary servitude can be used as a form of punishment
against those found duly convicted. In this age of the Terror Scare, the Patriot Act, and a heady executive branch I found it almost threatening. Say
an act of terror occurs again, and those who are not "with us" are found quilty of some minor infraction of the law. Next come GetMo style camps,
and as posted above the constitution already makes allowances for slavery to be used as punishment. I know this going out a far reaching hypothetical
limb, but I felt it was my duty to bring attention to it.