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RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS LOST SINCE 9-11 (IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY.)

Through the enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act and subsequent executive directives and regulations, essential rights and freedoms that were once guaranteed to all individuals have been substantially degraded. Many Americans still do not realize the significance of what' been lost. The resulting expansion of government powers, and the erosion of 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendment rights and freedoms have transformed the United States.

1st AMENDMENT FREEDOM OF SPEECH
• The Patriot Act broadly expands the official definition of terrorism, so that many domestic groups that engage in nonviolent civil disobedience could very well find themselves labeled as terrorists.
• The Government may now prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they reveal that the government requested information on their clients or members in the course of an investigation. It has become a crime for these individuals to try to safeguard your privacy or to tell you that you are under investigation.

1st AMENDMENT FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
• Government agents may now monitor the First Amendment protected activities of religious and political institutions, and then infiltrate these groups with no suspicion of criminal activity. This is a return to domestic spying on law-abiding religious and political groups.
• You may now be the subject of a government investigation simply because of the political, activist, or advocacy groups you are involved in, or the statements you make within these groups.

1st AMENDMENT RIGHT TO ACCESS GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
• A U.S. Department of Justice directive actively encourages federal, state, and local officials to resist and/or limit access to government records through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
• The Government has conducted immigration hearings in secret behind closed doors. Such proceedings were once open to the public. Hundreds, if not thousands, of immigrants have already been deported in secret.

4th AMENDMENT FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES &SEIZURES
• Law Enforcement authorities may now conduct secret searches and wiretaps in your home or office without showing “probable cause.” They need only to claim that intelligence gathering is “a significant purpose” of their intrusion, even when the primary goal is ordinary law enforcement. They may also monitor where and to whom you send and receive e-mail, or where you go on the Internet, recording every e-mail address and website you have been in contact with.
• Law Enforcement may now demand any personal records held by any source including your doctor, employer, accountant, or library. All they have to do is claim that it is related to an investigation into “terrorism.” The record keepers may not reveal that your records were provided to the government.
• Judicial oversight of secret searches has been effectively minimized. The Patriot Act directs judges to consent to secret searches based only on the Government’s assertion that a “significant” purpose of an investigation is gathering information related to “terrorism,” as the government defines it.

5th AMENDMENT RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS & FREEDOM FROM BEING HELD WITHOUT CHARGE
• Americans can now be jailed without a formal charge & without the right to confront the witnesses or evidence against them. American citizens are now being held in military jails without charge and without a clear path of appeal for their indefinite confinement.
• Hundreds of Arab, Muslim and South Asian men were rounded up in the Ashcroft raids following September 11, and held for weeks without charges until all were cleared of terrorism charges.

6th AMENDMENT RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION
• Hundreds of U.S. residents have been detained for months at a time, and denied access to the advice and advocacy of an attorney. The Government may now monitor conversations between attorneys & clients in federal jails.
• The Bush Administration filed papers in court that arguing that an American citizen held in a military jail without charge should be denied access to legal counsel because such access would interfere with the process of his interrogation.

6th AMENDMENT RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL
• The U.S. Government may now jail its residents and citizens indefinitely without charge & without a public trial.

8th AMENDMENT FREEDOM FROM CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS
• The U.S. Government has taken into custody individuals they identify as “material witnesses,” transported them across the country, and held them for months in solitary confinement without charge or contact with their family.
• According to the Justice Department’s own Inspector General, immigrant men rounded up in the Ashcroft raids following September 11 and held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, NY were subjected to a pattern of “physical and verbal abuse.”

14th AMENDMENT RIGHT TO EQUAL PROTECTION
• Over 82,000 men from Arab, Muslim and South Asian countries registered with the Government under the Special Registration program. Over 13,000 are now in deportation proceedings. None have been charged with terrorism.

www.nyclu.org/pdfs/eroding_lib…

Related:

The Rape of We The People and  The Constitution For The United States
www.barefootsworld.net/constru…

"I, Powdered Toast Man, do solemnly swear, to relieve the American citizens of their basic human rights."
Powdered Toast Man
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9fhLw…

August 25, 2011
2001-2011: A decade of civil liberties’ erosion in America
By Abdus-Sattar Ghazali
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. Tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace-makers for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country to danger. [Nazi leader Herman Goering]
www.civilfreedoms.org/?p=7260

TOP TEN ABUSES OF POWER SINCE 9/11
www.aclu.org/top-ten-abuses-po…

June 15, 2014
What We've Lost Since 9/11
Taking Down the First Amendment in Post-Constitutional America
By Peter Van Buren
www.tomdispatch.com/post/17585…

George Carlin: "You have no rights"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWiBt-…

Ice T / Jello Biafra: "Shut Up. Be happy."
"National security is more important than individual will."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMQHVz…

Published on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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ACLU says arrest of student 'raises serious concerns about racial profiling and the disciplinary system in Texas schools'
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
www.commondreams.org/news/2015…

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Warranty4 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done presenting the information with a striking image.

I think you'll appreciate this piece..

www.barefootsworld.net/constru… (The Rape of the Constitution)
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Art-Plus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Great link and very much informative. I've now included it as part of the context to this piece. Much appreciated.
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Warranty4 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. :)
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ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Who gained the rights? The financial paradigm, that's what!
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dermeliciouss Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Professional Artist
Hey is there any chance you could change this to a print so i could buy as postcard?
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Art-Plus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Buy it?!? You have a 5601 x 3728 resolution image available to you. Why not just download it for free?
As long as you're not profiting from it, then make the most of it.
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dermeliciouss Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional Artist
No not profiting at all jsut giving as gifts and cards to write on when I travel -
sweet ill download it and get it printed thanks man :)
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Art-Plus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student General Artist
No problem. :) You're welcome to anything here and I thank you for coming by. You have some really good insights!
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dermeliciouss Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Artist
Same with you :)
Its nice to chat with someone so like-minded
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Art-Plus Featured By Owner Edited Nov 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Like minded? Maybe. I think it's just nice to meet someone that thinks. I find that much of the world today is polarized; left, right, conservative, liberal. While it's obviously silly, it's less obviously dangerous. Rare is the free thinking mind, the individual who is willing to make informed decisions and circumvent quick results in favor of a patient process. This takes me back to what Arundhati Roy once said in her book, An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire:

Crises polarize people. They hustle us into making uninformed choices: 'You're either with us or you're with the terrorists.' 'You're either pro "efficient" private sector or "inefficient" public sector.' 'If you're not pro-Bush, you're pro Saddam Huessein.' 'If you're not good, you're evil.'

These are spurious choices. They're not the only ones available to us. But in a crisis we become like goalkeepers in a penalty shootout of a soccer match. We imagine that we have to commit ourselves to one side or the other. We have nothing to go on but instinct and social conditioning. And once we're committed, it's hard to realign oneself. In this process, those who ought to be natural allies become enemies.
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dermeliciouss Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Professional Artist
I guess thats what I mean by like-minded - like-thinkers - Its actually rare like you said to find thinkers that weave between catergories and make informed decisions in the present.

Like what Arundhati Roy says, those who dont agree are demonized.

It can be hard to find people brave enough to face being portrayed as evil.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
What else is new?
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Student
If it was a T-Bone steak, then I would say that America was boned.
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Valkaneer Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Writer
Cook it, then stick a fork in it...

That would be a more accurate depiction.

;)
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ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's ironic how a country built on the principles of democracy and revolution is the one in need of both, nowadays.
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uki--uki Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
There was once upon a time a place called America.
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nicholasweed Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
Would have been cooler as an image if that was Buffalo meat.... 
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