amendment 5- the bill of rights- the constitution of the united states of america:
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.habeas corpus- a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge or court, esp. for investigation of a restraint of the person's liberty, used as a protection against illegal imprisonment.
let me spell it out for those folks who are too busy, or have nothing to hide and don't mind the domestic spying and all that jazz- THE GOVERNMENT CAN NOW CLASSIFY YOU AS AN 'ENEMY COMBATANT' AND THROW YOU IN JAIL INDEFINITELY WITHOUT RECOURSE AND WITHOUT YOU KNOWING WHY. did i make it clear enough? do you know what it would take for that to happen? a little bird in homeland security's ear that you are a terrorist. doesn't take much- look that the sad folks in miami who were accused of allegedly masterminding a plot to blow up stuff in chicago. look at the canadian fellow who did absolutely nothing and was spirited away to syria for almost 2 years and tortured- and then oops- sorry we will let you go now that your government found out.
let me give you a little take on what some former military folks are saying- you know the ones who actually saw combat and actually interrogated prisoners during other 'conflicts' in which there was no formal declaration of war on our part. torture isn't necessary nor preferable for gathering intelligence. of course civilian government heads who are only interested in expanding the powers of the executive branch into a republican oligarchy don't really give a shit. they would just as soon throw you in jail if you are a nuisance. well, there are some ways to not give these folks satisfaction should you find yourself being carted away to an american internment camp- now keep in mind these guidelines were fashioned back when we actually had a constitution to protect us- but you can keep them in mind nevertheless. thanks to sappho for them.
you don't think that this could happen in america? well, i never thought that i would ever have any sort of discussion about torture and secret prisons and domestic spying either. not ever. but i am. the sad crux of it all is- it is completely unnecessary. there are no sleeper cells in america. the biggest terrorists we have in this country is our own government. folks domestic terrorism is a bigger threat than al quaida or any of the muslim groups. terrorism in the world is growing because of our stupidity- our government tells us that we are safer but then goes ahead and takes away our constitution anyway.
folks i have said it before and i will say it again- you either want a free and open society with all of its risks or you don't. you cannot have it both ways. there is no middle ground because governments are not benevolent entities. the only people elected representation we have is the american congress. the president is elected by the electoral college and the supremes are nominated by the executive branch. take a good hard look at the congress that you elected. do you think that they are representing you? i am going to go out on a limb and say that they folks in south florida are yelling a resounding no at this time. think about it and take some responsibility. ok i lied- i am not much calmer.