Habeas Corpus is Like Car Insurance

Habeas Corpus is like car insurance—you don’t worry about it much until you have an accident; or, in the case of habeas corpus, until you get arrested for peaceful protest and hauled before a military tribunal.  Sound preposterous?  Isn’t this the United States, the land of the free?  Well, no, actually.  Not anymore.  Not since the Patriot Act, the NDAA 2012 (and 2013) Act, and the Trespass Bills (HR 347, S 1794), AKA the “anti-Occupy bills”.

Now, in the United States of America, U. S. citizens can be indefinitely detained, without charge or trial, for a “belligerent act”.  What is that?  Well, no one quite knows for sure.  Want to stage a protest at the Democratic convention, or question your representative on where your tax dollars are going?  Be careful, you could be guilty of “knowing” you are entering a government building or within proximate space of someone guarded by the Secret Service (if they aren’t in their hotel rooms with prostitutes), and therefore in violation of a federal crime that could land you in prison for ten years, in which case I guess at least you wouldn’t have to be paying taxes!

Add to this the attacks on our privacy and free speech by the SOPA, PIPA, and now (again!) CISPA legislation, which if passed, would eviscerate our ability to voice our outrage and connect with one another on the Internet, and a frightening picture of a world dominated by Big Brother watching and controlling our every move begins to take shape.

These laws make a mockery of our Bill of Rights by violating our First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights, and whether you are a Tea Partier or an Occupier, your civil liberties are under assault.  We the people need to demand that these unconstitutional laws be rescinded before we find ourselves in Nazi Germany, or worse, living out an Orwellian nightmare.

Like car insurance, it’s a good idea not to let your constitutional rights like habeas corpus “lapse” because you never know when you might need them. 

Help us fight this unconstitutional attack on our civil liberties!  Write and call Congress and demand that these unconstitutional laws be reversed!

Obama: Don’t appoint SOPA architect as next Secretary of State!

Howard Berman, unrepentant architect and supporter of the infamous SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), legislation that would have granted ISP’s enormous unchecked power to restrict Internet freedom and allowed big companies to elbow out competitors, is among the people apparently being considered by Obama to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  The appointment of Berman, who is so known for his protectionism of the entertainment industry and copyright interests that he has earned the moniker as the “representative from Hollywood,” though his congressional district (26) included cities along the San Gabriel foothills from La Canada Flintridge to as far East as Rancho Cucamonga when he served in Congress should be opposed.

In addition, another huge concern is his record on trade, which, though not uniform, has been mostly supportive of “free trade” agreements, voting for NAFTA and for supporting the World Trade Organization and would indicate that he may likely push for the passage of the nefarious Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement that would enable corporate interests to subvert governments on a global scale.  He also voted for the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 and sponsored the Anti-Boycott Act in the House, which would have prohibited Americans from boycotting Israeli goods in order to protest the occupation of Palestine.  There is a theme here that causes us to conclude that he would not be a good pick for Secretary of State as he has favored government control over civil liberties and protecting corporate interests over the freedom of citizens.

If you agree, sign the letter from Demand Progress at: http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/sos_berman/