Friday, September 09, 2005

The End of Freedom in America

It is beginning to look like the end of "the Land of the Free."

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled that the administration can keep a US citizen, captured on US soil in prison indefinitely to combat terrorism. No right to a speedy trial. No appeal to the courts.

Then in New Orleans, the 2nd Amendment has been declared moot by the New Orleans Police.
No civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns or other firearms, said P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of police. "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons," he said.
Will people be justly compensated, or will their property be taken now without due process, and without remuneration.

I wonder what part of the constitution will be the next to go?

Freedom from search and seizure died years ago. The Commerce clause was twisted out of its true meaning in the 1930s. I imagine freedom of speech will go next - as it has been outlawed in Europe (can't say anything mean).

Everyone should be worried about this. Even if you don't like the 2nd amendment, do you really think it is a good thing for a section of the Bill of Rights to be thrown out because a local police official finds it inconvenient? What happens when he finds your freedom of expression, or your freedom of assembly to be an issue?

If the Constitution does not stand up under the stress of war or a disaster, then it is as good as dead.

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