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Your Bill of Rights Repealed

by John David Rose Wednesday, Jun. 04, 2003 at 7:01 PM

That's how it started in Nazi Germany. Hitler convinced a small core of Germany-first fanatics that Jews were a threat and the cause of their economic distress. "Good" Germans sat on their hands because they didn't want to be unpatriotic or unsupportive of their nation's leader.

Date: Tuesday, June 03 @ 09:14:42 MDT

Topic: Privacy



Think About It. In the Stalin era of the Soviet Union, Americans arrested for spying disappeared into the gulag without an opportunity for legal assistance or even to contact their families.

My high school social science teacher illustrated how different America was from Russia by explaining to us the 14th Amendment to the Constitution: "No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law."

We were proud to be citizens of a country where peoples' rights were guaranteed, protected against even the government. We foolishly believed those rights would last as long as the United States. Today, through presidential fiat, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution is no longer in force. The government can take liberty from American citizens without a trial.

Attorney General John Ashcroft asserts that President Bush has the power to hold any American citizen incommunicado, in solitary confinement for a month, a year, even life if Bush designates that citizen an "enemy combatant." The accused may not have access to a lawyer or visits by a member of the family or even a priest.

Shades of Joseph Stalin...

The prisoner has no right to know what proof the government has of the offense and is given no opportunity to present a defense.

If a court orders a hearing for habeas corpus, the government can assert that you're a danger to the country, and presto, even that right is revoked.

Ironic, isn't it? To protect our "freedom" and preserve our "liberty," the administration takes away the most basic right of all, our right to life, liberty and property protected by the courts. Yet that is exactly what happened to U.S. citizen John Padilla, a small-time crook now held in a Navy brig in Charleston. When Padilla was arrested, the attorney general crowed that he'd "disrupted an unfolding terrorist plot to attack the United States by exploding a radioactive 'dirty bomb.'"

It's possible that Ashcroft's charges are based on fact. It's also possible that they are totally bogus, tricked-up by an administration searching for any bit of "success" against terrorism. Padilla is a Muslim. He's a crook. He may even have contemplated a terrorist act. But he is also an American citizen. Until Ashcroft repealed the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, citizens had certain rights.

We'll never know the truth of Ashcroft's charges because the administration won't allow it to be challenged in court. If one American citizen can rot in jail for the rest of his life on the orders of one government official, it can happen to any of us. Today the excuse for setting aside the Constitution is to protect us from terrorists. Tomorrow it may be to protect the nation from people who believe that George W. Bush is a not very thoughtful man manipulated by far-right conservative warmongers into sending American troops to their deaths over fictitious threats of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

That's how it started in Nazi Germany. Hitler convinced a small core of Germany-first fanatics that Jews were a threat and the cause of their economic distress. "Good" Germans sat on their hands because they didn't want to be unpatriotic or unsupportive of their nation's leader.

It can happen here. It may already have started.

John David Rose is a long-time Hilton Head Islander and political observer.

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When you hear... Diogenes Wednesday, Jun. 04, 2003 at 7:08 PM
"the Conservative" Eric Thursday, Jun. 05, 2003 at 2:05 AM
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Mr. HAR Sheepdog Thursday, Jun. 05, 2003 at 7:39 AM
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accusations without justifications, Eric Thursday, Jun. 05, 2003 at 10:19 AM
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If you bothered to notice... Diogenes Monday, Jun. 09, 2003 at 6:54 PM
So why even BOTHER to mention the 14th? Rational Normal Person. Monday, Jun. 09, 2003 at 7:04 PM
Well the "Bill of Rights" is an... Diogenes Monday, Jun. 09, 2003 at 7:25 PM
Oops I left out one point... Diogenes Monday, Jun. 09, 2003 at 7:30 PM
Open another thread then! Rational Normal Person Monday, Jun. 09, 2003 at 7:37 PM
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