- CRITTER TALK
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What’s all this fuss in the news? Statements by government officials about stuff like secret cables and WikiLeaks? They should just go ahead and change the Bill of Rights to its present modern form. Make it easier to explain the hypocrisy of their actions.
Sometimes the Constitution is just too inconvenient. Obviously many politicians would prefer to dump a few of those more confusing amendments- then it would be legal to continue to ignore them!
You’ve had a garage sale before, right? Let’s get rid of that clutter and streamline things.
So what are the changes to be made? How do we know what is the good stuff and what goes out to the curb?
First let’s look at the actions of political and government officials, and allow them to show us- by example- which rights we ought to keep.
First Amendment – Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause; freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly; right to petition.
Interesting how freedom of speech, when it comes to the internet and tweets by cell phones, seems to apply only when the protest is by the population of some other country.
When Iran and China had dissidents that were using the “new social media” to get information out to the world about the atrocities of their government, they were hailed here as citizen fighters and heroes using new technology for freedom. But when information is published by WikiLeaks, there are calls for his assassination.
Servers sites are pressured by politicians like Lieberman to drop hosting. Companies like PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard suddenly find ways to stop their services. Mumblings of the possibility of espionage charges against Julian Assange, who isn’t even a US citizen.
Can you imagine China asking the United States for extradition of a Tibetan in the United States to face espionage charges in China?
First Amendment of the Bill of Rights? It was a nice idea at one time but c’mon.. get rid of it. Not really being used.
Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
From FBI raiding homes of protesters…..here
GPS tracking of a vehicles without warrants because of their religion or ethnicity…here
To GPS tracking of cell phones…here
Special software designed specifically for mass surveillance…here
Seizures of computers by anyone who is a friend or acquaintance of Bradley Manning…here
This one is a no-brainer. Fourth Amendment can be completely removed without a trace. In fact, even talking about the Fourth Amendment will probably get you arrested.
Fifth Amendment – due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, eminent domain.
Due process, double jeopardy, and self-incrimination doesn’t seem to be applicable if you find yourself in some secret prison or solitary confinement until you go ape-shit crazy. If you are being water-boarded, that may take precedence over worrying if they are going to take your house by eminent domain.
Sixth Amendment – Trial by jury and rights of the accused; Confrontation Clause, speedy trial, public trial, right to counsel. 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 where in 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.
Obama assassination program allows for the targeting of US citizens…here
Extraordinary rendition and torture programs along with Guantanamo prison…here
This isn’t even a question. Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights?? Didn’t you learn anything about that box of old 8-track tapes? Obsolete and taking up space. Get rid of it
Seventh Amendment – Civil trial by jury. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
With the “who’s got the note” foreclosure mess and the expedited kicking people out on the street, you have to think that since the Rockets Dockets aren’t being stop, they must have approval. Also increased use of arbitration with possible conflict of interests that may affect fairness, this amendment is the box of 70’s clothes that has to go.
Florida Court “Rocket Docket” blasts through cases in 20 seconds…here
Matt Taibbi investigates Florida court system…here
Homeowner creates ridiculously complicated chart to plot mortgage mess…here
So there you have it. The original first 10 amendments taken down to a new streamlined version.
It went from 10 original to just 5 by taking out those confusing part time “we follow them only when it’s convenient” amendments.
Who knows? The list may even get shorter in the future.