Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Constitution Article 1 Section 9

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.

If this is the law, then why is President Obama chair of the UN security council without approval of the Congress? Why did George Bush and Jeb Bush receive knighthoods by the Queen of England while still in office?

The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it. No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

Habeas Corpus
prevents the government from arresting and detaining people without cause or charges. They must be allowed to appear before a court and a jury and have the charges and evidence against them heard. In the case of rebellion, war, invasion this right may be temporarily suspended. No Bill of Attainder says that the rights of a US citizen cannot be withdrawn even for serious crimes and the citizen is jailed for long periods or executed without due process. Ex post facto laws means that laws cannot be retroactive.

If this is the case, why is Senator Lieberman is saying that legislation must be imposed which allows us to deny a person US citizenship if the government labels them a terrorist. The Lieberman Terrorism Expatriation Act could allow the government to deny citizenship, habeas corpus, due process, etc to anyone who criticizes the government. Lieberman was saying that US citizens need to lose their citizenship if they are suspected of helping Alqaeda because they could use their passports and get back into the US. Ah, umm, why not just arrest these people like we should be doing; and before they get on the plane?

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