Thursday, May 6, 2010

5th Amendment

"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"

This political cartoon shows the use of due process using the Moussaoui trial as example. This trial was a great example because that particular case gave a fair trial with due process that would be given to American citizen to a man who was a terrorist. In the cartoon former President Bush is at his desk reading a newspaper about the Moussaoui trail is commenting that he got a fair trial. Former Vice President Cheney is expressing his displeasure by giving a sneering look at saying “how did we let that happen?”.

This connects to the meaning of due process “holds the government subservient to the law of the land, protecting individual persons from the state.”. Many american’s found it appalling that of all people a terrorist was givien the right that he was trying to threaten.

I am one of the people who believe this. Why shouldn’t a terrorist be given the rights a common thig, shop lifter, or murder be given? Because those people are American citizen that have turned down the wrong path somewhere in life. I believe that due process shouldn’t be given even if it is an american citizen that is being acccused of terrorism. There is no reason why someone who is trying to threaten a countries existence should be given that same countries rights. It is not only morally wrong but should be deemed unconstitutional.

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