The Clinton Assault on the Bill of Rights

We don't think that Bill Clinton has done a very good job of supporting the Bill of Rights. From the Communications and Decency Act to secret indictments, not letting people face their accusers, striping the right of habeas corpus and generally increasing the intrusiveness of the Federal Government, Clinton has been no friend of the Bill of Rights. In fact one wonders if Bill Clinton really believes that citizens should have rights at all or whether he would prefer to have the Federal Government control the actions of all citizens. Bill Clinton is not alone in his disdain for the rights of citizens, many people have little understanding of the Rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

 Amendment I.

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.
  • Clinton vs. the First Amendment - @nytimes, March 1997
  • Freedom of Expression - ACLU Briefing Paper #10
  • Web Guide to The Constitution - starting with Amendment 1
  •  Amendment II

    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.
  • Who Repealed The Second Amendment?
  • The Embarrassing Second Amendment - Sanford Levinson, University of Texas
  • 2nd Amendment recognizes an individual right
  • ARTICLE II by Barefoot Bob

    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms... The strongest reason for people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
    --Thomas Jefferson, Free Men and Arms

  •  Amendment III

    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.

     Amendment IV

    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.
  • Fourth Amendment Under Siege
  • Echelon... The global surveillance system
  • The Secret FISA Court: Rubber Stamping On Rights - CAQ
  • Cryptography Manifesto
  •  Amendment V

    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.
  • Fifth Amendment Preservation - NACDL
  •  Amendment VI

    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.
  • Fully Informed Jury Association
  • The Jury.... What the judges don't tell you
  •  Amendment VII

    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 reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

     Amendment VIII

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
  • THE DEATH PENALTY - ACLU Briefing Paper
  •  Amendment IX

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

     Amendment X

    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.
  • Mind wars: "X-Files" gets it right; Post gets it wrong

  • The Bill of Rights were ratified on December 15, 1791.

    Source: The Bill of Rights

    The Bill of Rights: A BRIEF HISTORY from the ACLU

    "[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse."
    --- Thomas Jefferson December 20, 1787

    The Web Guide to The Constitution is an excellent source for more information.
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