Trashing the Bill of Rights

by Paul Rosenberg

by Paul Rosenberg: The
Other (Worse) Side of the PRISM Scandal

I know,
I know. It’s a Russian thing. When we’re about to do
something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity
for future reference.

— Susan Ivanova, Babylon

Perhaps I have
some Russian blood in me. Even though I’m not particularly
a fan of the US Constitution (I would have come down on the side
of the Anti-Federalists), I still say it’s time to take a
moment and catalog what has happened to America.

I am under
no impression that this is going to wake
people up
, by the way. Most Americans just don’t want
to know. In fact, they pay people to tell them that everything
is okay and that the people who complain are crazy, stupid, losers,
or conspiracy

Still, I want
to catalog the extent of the current stupidity for the next generation
— and to kill
the lie that no one from my generation “saw it coming

Whatever our
opinion of the US Constitution, it has clearly been the standard
of reference in America and the trashing of this document matters
for the future of the American people.

So, I will
briefly explain what has happened to each of the ten amendments
which make up the crucial section of the US Constitution: the Bill
of Rights.

1st Amendment

shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably
to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This one has
been voided repeatedly and on many fronts. Here are just a few examples:

And there are
many more instances. You have free speech only until you reach the
end of your leash.

2nd Amendment

A well-regulated
Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the
right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

More or less
all levels of the US government (along with their sycophants) are
openly at war
with the right of the people to bear arms
. I won’t bother
itemizing anything here.

3rd Amendment

No Soldier
shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the
consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be
prescribed by law.

So far as I
know, this one hasn’t been trashed yet. (There really is no
need these days.)

4th Amendment

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.

And what are
our “papers”? That HAS TO include emails, which took over from “papers”
very directly.

The US government,
on almost every level, has become a full-blown
surveillance state
, far beyond the Statsi’s wildest dreams.
The National Security Agency alone spends billions of dollars per
year to directly violate the 4th amendment. It’s
not even close.

Most people
have seen the stories of whistleblowers,
rooms at AT&T
, and covert
agents admitting it all
. Those who want to know, know.

These organizations
hide behind dozens of laws, stacked one upon another, but it’s
all complication and misdirection: The right of people to be
secure in their papers (correspondence)
is plain. And this amendment
is purposely trashed on a daily basis.

5th Amendment

No person
shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime,
unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except
in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia,
when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall
any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in
jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal
case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private
property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

There are too
many trashings to be mentioned here. But we can start with the President
of the United States killing
US citizens with no trial
, and then defending his right to do

We could go
on with the standard police tactic of intimidating
until they testify against themselves, and much more.

the rest of the article

28, 2013

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Republished with permission from:: Lew Rockwell