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4 In Congress Seek To Re-Establish Right To A Fair Trial

First under George W. Bush, and now under Barack Obama, the right to a fair trial in the United States has suffered severe erosion. Both presidents have claimed the power to seize anybody, American citizen as well as foreigner, inside US borders and elsewhere, and imprison these people indefinitely, without criminal charge. Both presidents have also claimed the right to subject anyone, civilians as well as soldiers, to a military trial with remarkably lowered standards of justice that don’t meet the requirements of the Bill of Rights.

All the President has to do is accuse you of terrorism, and you’re put into this system outside of ordinary U.S. law. The justification for this treatment: You’re a terrorist.

Of course, no court of law has found you guilty of being a terrorist. You haven’t been given the opportunity to defend yourself in court. But, say Bush and Obama, you don’t deserve the right to a fair and speedy trial, because you’re guilty.

capitol hillThat’s not how things are supposed to work in the United States of America, but who is going to stand up and make it right? Four members of the U.S. House of Representatives are making an attempt.

Democrat John Garamendi, with Republican Justin Amash and Democrats Ed Perlmutter and Adam Smith, has introduced H.R. 5936. H.R. 5936 will, if passed, revoke the requirement of military imprisonment for people suspected of terrorist crimes and will re-establish the right to a fair trial.

99 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives, however, is withholding support from this bill.

4 comments to 4 In Congress Seek To Re-Establish Right To A Fair Trial

  • Bill

    Hats off to Garamendi, Amash, Perlmutter and Smith. This throwing-out-the-Bill-of-Rights cr*p has got to stop.

  • a1949seeker@earthlink.net

    A very clear example of how are government has aborted the Constitution and ceased to represent the people. I am much more terrified with the suspension of habeas corpus than I am of terrorist and too many of us sit docilely by and watch the erosion of liberty. If you can’t trust your government to run a national health care insurance system, how can you possibly trust the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice ……

  • peg

    How can we fight back? I want to stop this but petitions and protests dont seem to have any effect. We can vote them all out, but the average American citizen likes their own congressman. So what do we do?

    • A good first step: Tell your friends, and tell your friends’ friends, to call your member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic and Republican, asking for a co-sponsorship of H.R. 5936.

      A second step: Write about the issue to spread the word about H.R. 5936. Put your article on line and promote it with your social media accounts.

      A third step: Support organizations like the ACLU, which are working against the ongoing attacks against the Constitution.

      Can anyone think of any more concrete actions?

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