THE NEGATION OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS IN LIVING COLOUR

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Commentary by Chippy Dee
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On December 15, 1791 the Bill of Rights was added to the new American Constitution to protect the rights of Americans. On December 15, 2011, Bill of Rights Day, 220 years later, the United States Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) already passed by the United States House of Representatives

 

The NDAA, in effect, negates the Bill of Rights. From now on Americans, with a President’s approval, could be designated as a suspected terrorists and be held in indefinite detention without due process, trial or even knowing what she/he is suspected of. Obama is not expected to veto this legislation.

 

Such legislation further drives what is left of this Republic into  a tyranny of the right.

 

Carl Becker, American historian, in his book on the Declaration of Independence noted the American Revolution was a civil war. That besides the issue with England of home rule, the question of who was going to rule at home (the “1%” or the “99%” in today’s parlance) was also at issue. This issue is still in contention. And on Bill of Rights Day representatives of various civil society organizations, Moslem, legal and others gathered at the Federal Court House building in Foley Square NYC to speak of the threat to American democracy and demand Obama veto NDAA.  

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Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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The Speakers

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5 Comments

  1. Fred said,

    December 17, 2011 at 13:43

    This law violates the fifth amendmant of our Constitution. That it was passed is truly an outrage against democracy. Some day, I think and hope it will be struck down by the Supreme Court. Without due process, there is no valid legal system.

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  3. Richard Evey said,

    December 17, 2011 at 20:37

    The NDAA is unconstitutional, it was first passed by the senate then sent to the house. The United States Constitution states that ALL bills will start in the house, if passed, go to the senate. This bill is just like the TARP bill, which started in the senate

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