posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 02:03 AM
For those of you who don't know, Jose Padilla was arrested after being accused of planning to plant a dirty bomb in the US. He is a US citizen. He
has been detained for over 2 years now with no chargers and no access to a lawyer.
This is bull. Jose Padilla, regardless of what he believes or who he supports, is an American citizen and is thus entitled to rights granted to US
Citizens in the consitution. If the government is so sure Padilla was planning to do this and they have evidence, then charge the man, give him access
to his lawyer, and start court proceedings.
How can they possibly justify holding a US Citizen without charges if they're so sure he was planning what they say?
Amendment 6: Amendment VI
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 defense.
Notice the phrase, "In ALL criminal prosecutions..." not just ones that Bush feels like taking care of.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
What kind of bail is more excessive then not being given a chance at a bail hearing? How more cruel and unusual can you get by punishing a man who
hasn't even been on trial?
What happened to "innocent until proven guilty?"
Sorry if this topic has been covered, it's 3 AM and I didn't search. Feel free to lock/move.