Americans Have Lost VIRTUALLY ALL of Our Constitutional Rights

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How Many Constitutional Freedoms Have We Lost?

This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.  (This is an updated version of an essay we wrote in February.  Unfortunately, a lot of information has come out since then.)

First Amendment

The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press:

Congress 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.

The Supreme Court has also interpreted the First Amendment as protecting freedom of association.

However, the government is arresting those speaking out … and violently crushing peaceful assemblies which attempt to petition the government for redress.

A federal judge found that the law allowing indefinite detention of Americans without due process has a “chilling effect” on free speech. And see this and this.

There are also enacted laws allowing the secret service to arrest anyone protesting near the president or other designated folks (that might explain incidents like this).

Mass spying by the NSA violates our freedom of association.

The threat of being labeled a terrorist for exercising our First Amendment rights certainly violates the First Amendment. The government is using laws to crush dissent, and it’s gotten so bad that even U.S. Supreme Court justices are saying that we are descending into tyranny.

For example, the following actions may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today:

And holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:

Of course, Muslims are more or less subject to a separate system of justice in America.

And 1st Amendment rights are especially chilled when power has become so concentrated that the same agency which spies on all Americans also decides who should be assassinated.

Second Amendment

The 2nd Amendment states:

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.

Gun control and gun rights advocates obviously have very different views about whether guns are a force for violence or for good.

But even a top liberal Constitutional law expert reluctantly admits that the right to own a gun is as important a Constitutional right as freedom of speech or religion:

Like many academics, I was happy to blissfully ignore the Second Amendment. It did not fit neatly into my socially liberal agenda.

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It is hard to read the Second Amendment and not honestly conclude that the Framers intended gun ownership to be an individual right. It is true that the amendment begins with a reference to militias: “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.” Accordingly, it is argued, this amendment protects the right of the militia to bear arms, not the individual.

Yet, if true, the Second Amendment would be effectively declared a defunct provision. The National Guard is not a true militia in the sense of the Second Amendment and, since the District and others believe governments can ban guns entirely, the Second Amendment would be read out of existence.

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More important, the mere reference to a purpose of the Second Amendment does not alter the fact that an individual right is created. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is stated in the same way as the right to free speech or free press. The statement of a purpose was intended to reaffirm the power of the states and the people against the central government. At the time, many feared the federal government and its national army. Gun ownership was viewed as a deterrent against abuse by the government, which would be less likely to mess with a well-armed populace.

Considering the Framers and their own traditions of hunting and self-defense, it is clear that they would have viewed such ownership as an individual right — consistent with the plain meaning of the amendment.

None of this is easy for someone raised to believe that the Second Amendment was the dividing line between the enlightenment and the dark ages of American culture. Yet, it is time to honestly reconsider this amendment and admit that … here’s the really hard part … the NRA may have been right. This does not mean that Charlton Heston is the new Rosa Parks or that no restrictions can be placed on gun ownership. But it does appear that gun ownership was made a protected right by the Framers and, while we might not celebrate it, it is time that we recognize it.

The gun control debate – including which weapons and magazines are banned – is still in flux …

Third Amendment

The 3rd Amendment prohibits the government forcing people to house soldiers:

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.

While a recent lawsuit by a Nevada family – covered by (Mother Jones, Fox News and Courthouse News – alleges violation of the Third Amendment, this appears to be an isolated incident and an aberration.

So we’ll count this as an Amendment which is still being honored! Score one for We the People!

 In America, Journalists Are Considered Terrorists
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Fourth Amendment

The 4th Amendment prevents unlawful 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.

But the government is spying on everything we dowithout any real benefit or justification.

Indeed, experts say that the type of spying being carried out by the NSA and other agencies is exactly the kind of thing which King George imposed on the American colonists … which led to the Revolutionary War.

And many Constitutional experts – such as Jonathan Turley – think that the police went too far in Boston with lockdowns and involuntary door-to-door searches.


Paintings by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com.

Fifth Amendment

The 5th Amendment addresses due process of law, eminent domain, double jeopardy and grand jury:

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 offense 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.

But the American government has shredded the 5th Amendment by subjecting us to indefinite detention and taking away our due process rights.

The government claims the right to assassinate or indefinitely detain any American citizen on U.S. citizen without any due process. And see this.

As such, the government is certainly depriving people of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

There are additional corruptions of 5th Amendment rights – such as property being taken for private purposes.  And the right to remain silent is gone.

The percentage of prosecutions in which a defendant is denied a grand jury is difficult to gauge, as there is so much secrecy surrounding many terrorism trials.

Protection against being tried twice for the same crime after being found innocent (“double jeopardy”) seems to be intact.  Hey … that’s two Constitutional rights which are still intact!

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Sixth Amendment

The 6th Amendment guarantees the right to hear the criminal charges levied against us and to be able to confront the witnesses who have testified against us, as well as speedy criminal trials, and a public defender for those who cannot hire an attorney:

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.

Subjecting people to indefinite detention or assassination obviously violates the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial. In both cases, the defendants is “disposed of” without ever receiving a trial … and often without ever hearing the charges against them.

More and more commonly, the government prosecutes cases based upon “secret evidence” that they don’t show to the defendant … or sometimes even the judge hearing the case.

The government uses “secret evidence” to spy on Americans, prosecute leaking or terrorism charges (even against U.S. soldiers) and even assassinate people. And see this and this.

Secret witnesses are being used in some cases. And sometimes lawyers are not even allowed to read their own briefs.

Indeed, even the laws themselves are now starting to be kept secret. And it’s about to get a lot worse.

True – when defendants are afforded a jury trial – they are provided with assistance of counsel. However, the austerity caused by redistribution of wealth to the super-elite is causing severe budget cuts to the courts and the public defenders’ offices nationwide.

Moreover, there are two systems of justice in America … one for the big banks and other fatcats, and one for everyone else. The government made it official policy not to prosecute fraud, even though fraud is the main business model adopted by Wall Street. Indeed, the biggest financial crime in world history, the largest insider trading scandal of all time, illegal raiding of customer accounts and blatant financing of drug cartels and terrorists have all been committed recently without any real criminal prosecution or jail time.

On the other hand, government prosecutors are using the legal system to crush dissent and to silence whistleblowers.

And some of the nation’s most powerful judges have lost their independence … and are in bed with the powers-that-be.

Seventh Amendment

The 7th Amendment guarantees trial by jury in federal court for civil cases:

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.

As far as we know, this right is still being respected (that’s three rights still being followed).

However – as noted above – the austerity caused by redistribution of wealth to the super-elite is causing severe budget cuts to the courts, resulting in the wheels of justice slowing down considerably.

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Eighth Amendment

The 8th Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Indefinite detention and assassination are obviously cruel and unusual punishment.

The widespread system of torture carried out in the last 10 years – with the help of other countriesviolates the 8th Amendment. Many want to bring it back … or at least justify its past use.

While Justice Scalia disingenuously argues that torture does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment because it is meant to produce information – not punish – he’s wrong. It’s not only cruel and unusual … it is technically a form of terrorism.

And government whistleblowers are being cruelly and unusually punished with unduly harsh sentences meant to intimidate anyone else from speaking out.

Ninth Amendment

The 9th Amendment provides that people have other rights, even if they aren’t specifically listed in the Constitution:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

We can debate what our inherent rights as human beings are. I believe they include the right to a level playing field, and access to non-toxic food and water. You may disagree.

But everyone agrees that the government should not actively encourage fraud and manipulation. However, the government – through its malignant, symbiotic relation with big corporations – is interfering with our aspirations for economic freedom, safe food and water (instead of arsenic-laden, genetically engineered junk), freedom from undue health hazards such as irradiation due to government support of archaic nuclear power designs, and a level playing field (as opposed to our crony capitalist system in which the little guy has no shot due to redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the super-elite, and government support of white collar criminals).

By working hand-in-glove with giant corporations to defraud us into paying for a lower quality of life, the government is trampling our basic rights as human beings.

Tenth Amendment

The 10th Amendment provides that powers not specifically given to the Federal government are reserved to the states or individual:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Two of the central principles of America’s Founding Fathers are:

(1) The government is created and empowered with the consent of the people

and

(2) Separation of powers

Today, most Americans believe that the government is threatening – rather than protecting – freedom.  We’ve become more afraid of our government than of terrorists, and believe that the government is no longer acting with the “consent of the governed“.

And the federal government is trampling the separation of powers by stepping on the toes of the states and the people. For example, former head S&L prosecutor Bill Black – now a professor of law and economics – notes:

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the resident examiners and regional staff of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency [both] competed to weaken federal regulation and aggressively used the preemption doctrine to try to prevent state investigations of and actions against fraudulent mortgage lenders.

Indeed, the federal government is doing everything it can to stick its nose into every aspect of our lives … and act like Big Brother.

Conclusion: While a few of the liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights still exist, the vast majority are under heavy assault.

Other Constitutional Provisions … and The Declaration of Independence

In addition to the trampling of the Bill of Rights, the government has also trashed the separation of powers enshrined in the main body of the Constitution.

The government is also engaging in activities which the Founding Fathers fought against, such as taxation without representation (here and here), cronyism, deference to central banks, etc.

As thethe preamble to the Declaration of Independence shows, the American government is still carrying out many of the acts the Founding Fathers found most offensive:

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. [Background]

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. [Background here, here and here]

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He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: [Background]

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For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences [Background]

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He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. [Background]

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He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. [Background here, here and here]

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  • colinjames71

    Basically, our representatives do not represent us, the Constitution no longer protects us, we have two justice systems, an unaccountable government, military, corporate/financial complex, the air, land, oceans and lakes and rivers are being fouled, our infrastructure is falling apart, poverty and hunger and unemployment are rampant, opportunities for the non-elite to rise up the economic ladder are almost non-existent, retiree benefits are being taken away, the safety net is being destroyed, education is being privatized and children are being lobotomized, college requires one to assume massive debt, the policehave become a militarized, brutal, oppressive and aggressive threat to Americans in service of the private prison industry in many cases- though I know there are many fine individual policemen- we are spied upon, lied to, overtaxed, overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, and divided by partisan passions deliberately to prevent us from uniting as a people. Our very sovereignty is threatened by free-trade acts in the works, and the solutions to these problems pre-emptively taken from us… all so that a handful of elite can steal the wealth of the world and live privileged lives of unimaginible wealth, power, and excess while inflicting pain and suffering upon the rest of us. And still they want more, and there is no tactic.they won’t use, no crime they won’t commit, no ethical line they won’t breach to attain it. When there are no consequrnces for their actions they have nothing to fear, nothing to deter ever-more psychopathic behavior, nothing to stop them from destroying this country and this planet. Only a united American public can stop this madness before it’s too late, if it isn’t already.

    • Paul Wade

      Neither our representative or senators represent us, colinjames71. Question: Why is there different political parties in the USA if the members of Congress are there to represent we the people? Why are they representing a political party instead of we the people?

      And it apparently boils down to the fact they are only representing themselves. I have never voted for anyone for more than two terms… and usually only one.

  • Tonto

    These inalienable rights mentioned in the article were always an illusion.

    The only inalienable right you have is to turn around and walk away. You may reap a bullet in the back for exercising that right, but you still have the right to walk away from this system.

    Vote with your pocketbook. Buy less. Do less. Volunteer not at all. Donate to no cause. Invest not at all, lest you incur taxes to support this insidious cabal. Let your feet drag on the ground. Salute not this flag ever again. If you see a fire, raise not any alarm. Your country has been stolen from you by these money-printing fiends.

    Let the poison fruits of the Obama Administration shrivel and die on the vine.

    • mhchaos

      Inalienable rights were NEVER an illusion.

      People like you seem to be, refuse to accept your duty as a citizen.

      You have a duty to participate in politics and help remove representatives that are harmful to the cause of freedom and the nation.

      You seem to think that people only have the ability to be pushed around and “walk away” if they don’t like to be pushed around.

      Truly sad and pathetic.

      • Tonto

        Duty as a citizen? I laugh from my belly.

        Tell all that to Geronimo, what you said about being pushed around and a duty as a citizen.

        The state is an illusion. There are only murderers behind the weapons of the state. There are no citizens. There are the murderers, and those to be murdered.

        Tonight, with this vote in the Senate to continue printing money for Obama’s planned destruction of the middle class, we are all on the list of those to be murdered.

        • mhchaos

          At least Geronimo had guts and will to try.

          You are nothing.

          • Tonto

            You are looking in a mirror. And there, in your mirror that looks out into your world, you see nothing that compares with yourself. It is your perception’s shackle, mhchaos. There is nothing honorable in your delusion.

            It is not your fault you think you have the whole thing figured out. That’s one of the most common maladies of men. It permits their perpetual slavery. They worship themselves endlessly, until they come up with a busted flush when they die, without ever having lived.

            Yes, I am nothing. And therefore I cannot be made to be part of the illusion of the inalienable rights of men. I am liberated. You are a slave to your own cowardly delusions that all depend on others recognizing who and what you think you are.

          • mhchaos

            Nope. You’re just a zero.

          • survivor

            Tonto: The best now is screw unto others as they screw unto you.

            Why
            work hard when the cronies in government can just take away everything
            you worked for and what most of those chanting from their stomaches
            don’t realize is that power has always decided the haves and have nots
            not some worthless peace of paper that bush wiped his butt with along
            with plenty of past presidents.

            Least people like chaos
            make it easier to spot the suckers and even easier to avoid them. Not
            to good to be around people who don’t have a head in reality.

          • lavenderlady

            I agree with you, Tonto. I say we should form intentional communities, and go back to the barter system. A lot of people don’t want to leave their comfy homes, but don’t they understand that Agenda 21 will take it from them anyway?

      • Joe Jakkerton

        Hows that working out for you. Got all the representative you want? Harmful to what freedom?

        “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

        Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

        • mhchaos

          We are free.

          If we take back what was always ours. Not the d.c’s to decide to make rules and regulations upon.

          We became lazy and decadent. And your attitude shows it.

          • Sontauran Empire

            We used to be free.

            I don’t agree with the above nihilistic response of a net drag on society, but we are no longer free. Take a look at California, where a 2/3 majority means that ballot initiatives are useless.

            The real solution is to be a productive member of society, give them as little money as possible, and raise your children to do the same. Unless we can vote them out because their culture dies under their feet, then we will collapse as a whole.

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  • Bob

    https://www.courthousenews.com/2013/07/03/59061.htm The case in Henderson, NV had to do with the 3rd Amendment so you may wish to include that one on the list

  • nunya bidness

    7th amendment: more and more many purchases are tainted with binding arbitration clauses that require you to surrender your right to legal action, and be subject to binding arbitration instead, in which, of course, the corporation, or company that is selling the goods, or requiring the contract, get to select the arbitrator, and deal with them on a regular basis. So who do you thing the arbitrator will find in favor of. the consumer they deal with one time, or the company that they deal with on a regular basis, basically providing them job security. Check your cell phone contract, car contract, rental contracts, or any number of contracts. this has become an alarming trend, denying many with valid claims for suit the right to pursue the,. Some will say, well you dont have to sign the contract, and technically they are correct, but it would make it hard to get anything, or anything done without many of these things, so it kind of puts you under a monopoly type situation

    • MolonLabe Industries

      Exactly, this is most definitely the case…Did you know that if you dispute the findings of the IRS if you sue them you must have the trial in tax court and you get no jury trial? Although it is civil you get NO JURY TRIAL….So scrub the 7th…

  • diaz’s cashed bowl

    Guns of Brixton…

  • Arizona

    FREEDOM AND LIBERTY are never to late,it just means they will need more rope then they thought,,isn’t it great how many volunteers have applied to test the rope.,every time I look in the newspaper I see more volunteers,soon ,we should know who every commie in america is …..THEN WE CAN GET DOWN TO THE BUSINESS,of running the country ,without any commies interfering in the nations business……AND right now the count, is around 50% of the population are commies,and its amazing how many of them have foreign passports in their pockets…..BEAR IN MIND ..ALL DEMONCRATES ..are commies,,,,,,so the number might be a lot higher………….

  • Don Robertson

    Devaluation of the currency was omitted in the article, because it is not typically thought of as one of our rights, to be free from currency devaluation. It is one of the most important rights, and the easiest on to get the populace to rally behind when it is abridged.

    Again with the raising of the debt ceiling, the government is stealing from us all.

    Middle class Americans are furious with the government for the ongoing QE and deficit spending theft. Lower class Americans think they are benefiting, but in reality, they too are losing ground. Even the relatively rich are taking it on the chin, even if they look around and revel in their own standard of living because everyone else is being pushed further and further into squalor every time the debt ceiling is raised.

    Neither deficit spending nor quantitative easing create jobs. Both quantitative easing and deficit spending destroy jobs, wealth and our shared standard of living. The credit economy is little more than a parasite on the health of the nation. And the argument to raise the debt ceiling (so the deficit spending can go on, meaning more money is going to be borrowed) was that we cannot default on the national debt. This was a charade. This was not about paying off the debt. This was again about borrowing more money and adding to the debt.

    VOTE THEM OUT!

    • Paul Wade

      As I’ve posted before Don, I never vote for anyone more that twice and usually only once. Why do the people vote for the same one in the office instead of voting for someone to replace them when it’s obvious the one in office is doing a lousy job for the people? They’re working for the government and themselves only.

      Let’s face it folks, Congress is breaking us and putting our heirs so deep in dept they will never get out and it is not an accident. I believe you can call it communism.

      • lavenderlady

        Voting doesn’t work. Once in office, they are bribed, threatened, or blackmailed into whatever is wanted from them. Their families are threatened, and even their own very lives, I’m sure.

    • not authorized

      You have the right to a fair currency.

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  • Paul Wade

    There used to be State Guard units in every state of the union to protect their states and a National Guard to protect the nation from outside invasions.

    The state guard unites were abolished when Governor George Wallace used the Alabama State

    State guard against Dr. Martin Luther King.

    But why is the National Guard being assigned overseas instead of being kept at home the stop internal invasion? We are obviously being invaded by Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama today… with Congress’ approval.

  • Carl_Herman

    Thank you, GW. Yeah, you can’t keep track of this stuff easily, and this is the best I’ve seen!

    • Target4Tyrants

      ~Agreed~Good work~

    • Target4Tyrants

      ~Agreed~Good work~

  • ralfyman

    The Second does refer to the individual right to bear arms, but uses that to justify the presence of regulated militias.

  • George Challenger

    Regarding double jeopardy, the DoJ does an end run around this by allowing the states to attempt prosecution first, and then if that fails they prosecute on Federal charges. If they want you badly enough they’re not going to let a little thing like the Constitution slow them down, so I’m afraid that one’s right out the window as well.

  • Robin Quidam

    This is a good article, and while a few points are open to interpretation, the overall message is clear and accurate.

    Please note the typo in the last section:
    “As thethe preamble to the Declaration of Independence shows, the American government is still carrying out many of the acts the Founding Fathers found most offensive:”

    should be:
    “As the preamble to the Declaration of Independence shows, the American government is still carrying out many of the acts the Founding Fathers found most offensive:”

    “the” is duplicated.

  • Sue Stack

    We can’t get our rights back. The government and military will make sure if you are too far out of line, something will happen to, either silence you or make you disappear. I never thought I would grow up scared of my own government and it’s corruption. God, the Great Spirit, or whatever you believe, help us.

  • steve0321

    As to the 6th Amendment, redistribution of wealth to ANYONE is wrong, not just to the “super elite”. Why should I fund those who WILL not work?? I think more should have been written about the total destruction of the 10th Amendment. The 10th has been trampled on since the civil war and is pretty much gone.

  • joe anon 1

    being anti catholic, anti christian, anti christian values are very accepted in u.s.
    being anti jew, anti israel will get one labeled, acted upon as a terrorist.

  • Washington76

    Government Responds to EPIC’s Supreme Court Challenge of NSA Telephone Record Program

    http://cdn.cato.org/archive-2013/cca-10-09-13-07.mp3

  • Washington76

    9/11 Debunked in Under 5 Minutes James Corbett Posted on: September 11, 2013

    By Prof Michel Chossudovsky 9/11 Truth: Who Is Osama Bin Laden?Global Research, September 10, 2013

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-is-osama-bin-laden-3/5349194

    • lavenderlady

      Excellent video!

  • Walter White

    Great balanced article that unlike other sites, doesn’t only focus on the rights that go along with their ideologies.

  • JK474

    How can you discuss the Fourth Amendment without mentioning the TSA? Having to choose between entering a porno scanner or getting a physical groping of your private parts in order to get on a plane is as gross and ugly a violation of your 4th Amendment rights as can be imagined. And the TSA isn’t stopping with air travel — they are extending their police state tactics to railroad stations, bus stations, and random road blocks.

  • fdfsfd

    oh my god you this blog and its commenters love their melodrama. the sky is falling the sky is falling

  • fdfsfd

    oh my god you this blog and its commenters love their melodrama. the sky is falling the sky is falling

    • Sontauran Empire

      Baaaaaa.

      Everything is fine.
      Everything is fine
      Everything MUST BE fine.
      I WILL NOT BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING IS NOT FINE!

      Four legs good…

    • JonathanF

      “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
      Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • theescotsman

    AmericansRestoringAmerica, which is a dot com. use it or lose it: Grassfire Communications.

  • theescotsman

    This is where and how we unite!

  • usmcmailman

    Time to FIRE the Government, Congress and the Senate !

  • The Time of the Signs

    Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
    The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
    Psalm 33:12

    It stands to reason that if a nation or people turn away from the LORD,
    they forfeit their blessing from the Almighty.

    Our “rights” do not come from government!!! We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Holiness. We gained a protection from governmental abuses in a document called the Constitution because our fathers suffered to honor God with their daily lives. They lived for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Why is anyone surprised that the hedge of His protection is lost because we no longer strive to honor God with our daily lives? Indeed we as a nation and people have become ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    There is no political solution to a spiritual problem.

    Wake the flock up.

    • not authorized

      What if the Bible is/was corrupted, and the Almighty one, lives among you. Today.

      What if he has become most displeased?

      Paul warned you. Treat everyone as if they were messengers of God themselves. Maybe it should have read, treat others how you wish to be treated, as it maybe God himself standing in front of you.

  • Bill

    Well, this list of lost rights tells me our government and the people running it are are totally tyrannical – and what was the 2nd amendment for?

    • Sontauran Empire

      A doomsday provision, for when all other rights fail.

      “There are four boxes to be used in the defense of
      liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo. Please use in that order.” – Ed
      Howdershelt

  • abinico

    The people that run things know the constitution is only there to create the illusion of freedom for the ignorant masses. In reality a number of secret societies like Masons and Skull & Bones run things. Don’t believe this, well try getting an invite to the next Bohemian Grove get together.

  • hammondhank

    Constitution?! WHAT Constitution?! This country has been done for for decades.

  • Olvar

    STOP letting our Native Tongue be COMMANDEERED by the globalist’s brainwashing.

    Out Constitutional Liberties were not “lost” but were stolen by lies, chicanery, and thievery. When “freedom of religion,” that is, the globalist’s version of religious freedom, becomes profitable to them again, Poof! those who are still here will suddenly discover it was not “lost” after all. You will be given a wide choice of pantheistic beliefs and rituals as long as you recognize that the Beast is supreme.

    The content of the article is excellent. I wish I could use their own techniques on them and do the Clockwork Orange thing and wire open every elected official’s eyes to make them read it. But do not naïvely call the rights lost when they were hijacked and stolen. I am not nit-picking.

    Spiritually, there is a BIG WHALLOPING difference. The Old Testament has stringent outlines of how God views property-rights law. If the thief is caught, the compensation is double the value of what was stolen (Ex 22). Proverbs 6:31 speaks of a sevenfold return when the thief is caught. Want to stick to the New Testament? Fine. Zaccheus gave back four times what he stole. The point is, restitution is given for that which is illegally taken. To hold the globalists accountable before God, use the real term: Constitutional freedom has been stolen.
    “Lost” items and people are sought until they are found. Stolen articles are either brought back with extra restitution for the trouble, or they are ultimately avenged by God with retribution.

  • David McElroy

    Good points are made. What of basic principles such as “No man is above the law”, “All men are equal before the law”, a “fully informed jury” that can judge not only the defendant’s alleged violation of the law, but the law itself! What of the states’ right to nullification of egregious law? What of laws being enacted by congressional representatives who do not even read the bills? What of certain amendments enacted but not properly ratified by the states? What of the states being stripped of their control of their senators?

  • Carson

    More ridiculous emoting and hysteria from a Right Wing that has lost all credibility and has truly jumped the shark. Unfortunate that you do not demand better from yourselves. History will not reflect kindly upon the way the Right has behaved over the last 5 years. Your grandchildren will be ashamed of you.

    • troll detector

      I love how you think there is a “right” and “left”.

      they work for the same people.

  • B

    I think you made a mistake in the idea that protection against double jeopardy is intact. If you are found innocent of murder locally, you very likely will face charges of violating someones civil rights federally.

  • B

    I think you made a mistake in the idea that protection against double jeopardy is intact. If you are found innocent of murder locally, you very likely will face charges of violating someones civil rights federally.

  • Dario

    Americans didn’t lose any Constitutional Rights. One cannot
    lose any rights; one can only give up his rights. Simply Americans lost their
    identity as a human being as men and women. They simply voluntarily became
    biological robots; brainless zombies. They have sold their souls to devil
    psychopathic masters. Americans have become consumers; Brainless McDonald and
    Mickey Mouse consumers; Consumers of Plastic Culture. Americans soldiers
    voluntarily go to foreign countries to kill people. How many millions people
    have American soldiers killed for the last 60 years? They have done these all
    crimes voluntarily. German soldiers were forced to go to wars. Now Americans
    are losing their own freedom. The lesson is that you should never serve devil
    forces. Now those same devil forces want to destroy you.

  • joanna

    What do you mean being anti catholic is a suspician? Are you ppl against catholics?

  • joanna

    What do you mean being anti catholic is a suspician? Are you ppl against catholics?

    • Sontauran Empire

      I would think that being pro-catholic would be suspicious, given our policies against abortion, gay marriage, etc.

    • JonathanF

      I speak only for myself. I am very much against the papacy. Surely you know that it slaughtered millions upon millions during the Dark Ages. The world will learn at some point here that it is has not changed in character since those times.

      It arrogantly changed the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath and boasts of the change. I believe in the Bible not the popes.

      “The Sunday…is purely a creation of the Catholic Church.” American Catholic Quarterly Review, January 1883

      “Sunday…It is the law of the Catholic Church alone…” American Sentinel (Catholic) June 1893

      “Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles …. From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1990

      “Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act… And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons. Nov. 11, 1895.

      “Sunday is our MARK of authority…the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” – Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept. 1, 1923.

  • lmoore

    funny thing…everyone reading this article online and posting a comment can now be considered a possible terrorist!

  • zonkedout1

    I would argue that the double jeopardy aspect of the amendment may be honored in word, but not spirit. Set up to make sure that people are clearly guilty, and can be proven so before being taken to court has been superceded by a plea bargaining system that forces people to cop to lesser crimes or risk losing a great deal more. The bar for adequate legal representation is also quite low. When all is said and done, many people are in jail for things that should not be illegal that they didn’t do in the first place. Property seizures w/o a guilty verdict are also a clear violation of double jeopardy. Any time the state brings a civil case instead of a criminal one is also a way to bypass evidentiary requirements because the bar for liability is easier to hurdle, and the forms of evidence that can be admitted are a lot more lenient.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Washington exemplifies every reason the colonists broke from England.

  • Debra

    First amendment Rights Abused by Target? My husband and I were dismayed by the Target store in our city of Albuquerque New Mexico which is located at Montgomery plaza refusing to allow the free exercise of our first amendment rights in the parking lots. While we were casting our vote, the Target management refused to allow advocates holding signs For and against the 20 week abortion pain ban legislation being voted on in our city to stand 100 feet or more from the voting poll place. It was not clear whether two of them were on Target property or plaza property. Either way, Target threatened to have them all arrested if they didn’t leave the parking voting area. They were peacefully holding up signs supporting For or against a very important legislation being voted on in our city, not starting a riot! We are disappointed and concerned that Target missed the opportunity to support FREE SPEECH while not necessarily taking sides on a sensitive important issue saving women and babies agony and death. I will not shop any more at Target if I can help it!

  • Todd Hill

    It’s not getting worse…it is worse. And Colin is right, only a united American Public can stop this onslaught. Can everybody now see what the great cry for “diversity” has gone up by the powers-that-be? Yeah, now you get it. If we focus on our commonality, we might be unified, but by using diversity as a rallying cry, I can keep all of the factions at each others throat, preventing them from working together.

    It’s almost genius in its design.

  • pbr90

    Why? Because Congress doesn’t read the bills they vote for?

    Why we are paying Congress to be benchwarmers who do nothing, virtual shills for corporate and special interests with rhetoric of government.

  • thegodemperor

    This is what happens when you let the country become a corporatist
    state. The elected officials don’t care about their constituents. They
    care about their donors. And this is why we need to push for an
    amendment ending corporate personhood and BANNING corporations from
    donating. Also to make elections publicly financed.

  • jhgl hgyi

    This is why we need Ron Paul. For future congress and presidential elections we should use this page as a list of demands, and make the candidates sign a contract to follow through with them if elected.

  • John

    There is another item in the Declaration of Independence that I think fits almost exactly. I can’t quote it offhand, but it is roughly: He has opened a multitude of offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass the people and eat out their substance. Eg. EPA, DHS,NSA,DOE,etc.

  • Cavalor Epthith

    The vast majority of those rights which this article states
    that have been taken away from the American people were taken away because of
    an act of terrorism against the United States. The majority of the crimes
    against freedom pointed out in this article are the result of a government
    serving their corporate masters beginning in the autumn of 2001 to secure
    wealth and continuity for the foreseeable future with no regard for the common
    citizen. This is not a liberal or a Progressive conspiracy this is all birthed
    from the womb of the neoconservatives that were in power when al Qaeda struck
    in New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. While the common citizen was
    glued to his or her television weeping and Palestinians danced in the streets
    of Gaza passing out sweet treats to children, the real power in America in
    corporate boardrooms saw this as the greatest golden opportunity in human
    history to corrupt a representative democracy and turn it into an oligarchy
    virtually overnight. The battles we fight here Neocon1 aren’t really important
    because as you often point out I’m not in the United States and to the powers
    that be in your country you and millions of partisan individuals like you are
    doing their bidding by thinking you still have some power to control the game.

  • Liam YOung

    no one mentioning that fact that FBI can entrap anyone to commit a “crime”

  • CheetahFang258

    I find this very silly actually, Aren’t you speaking out right now? Should they have taken this down? You’re a journalist aren’t you? Who says the drone strike came directly from the US government, all the cases you have cited are only a few cases. Anonymous has done this many times, journalists have written anti-USA pieces all the time. Hell there’s a newspaper completely dedicated to “the insane corruption in the USA”. There are assassinations on suspected terrorists because the USA is paranoid. The only real issue is privacy… By the way about the peaceful protests, the peaceful protests have been squashed by local police departments not state police departments. The death penalty is in no way cruel or unusual either if you’re talking about that. Assassinations are allowed because habeas corpus was suspended, Bush did that but guess who else did? Lincoln. The government is spying on everything you do every word I type as a matter of fact but to be honest I really don’t think its that bad. In the paranoid state that the USA is in I honestly do not blame them, They don’t care what you watch your personal secrets all they wanna know is if you are a terrorist. Most of the stuff you cite is from your website too, which I can’t make sure is reliable. Its a bizarre list of things to get on the watchlist of the NSA and such but that’s only because terrorists have probably done something like that in the past.

    • I.F.PAID.TROLLS.

      Fuck off troll! Are you a Mexican worker or basement worker? I won’t even argue with you, cause you probably paid and I’m not.

      • CheetahFang258

        looool

  • Gail Newman

    Good blog, but you miss the point. In Mc Culloch v. Maryland, the Supreme Court decreed our government’s favorite decision. It literally threw out the Constitution, declaring that it and any amendments are unconstitutional, and changed the form of our government. It was a bloodless coup d’etat. Because mandatory public education has been weaponized, most American’s aren’t even aware of this.

    To read about how you are being manipulated into demanding things from government that no sane or properly educated person would never ask for let alone demand, please read my free e-book at
    http://www.tosavetheworld.org.

    Click on the link for the free e-book to see the Table of Contents with descriptions. The chapter titles are links that will take you to pdf copies of the document.

    What has been done to us is unspeakably horrible.

    http://www.tosavetheworld.org

 

 

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