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Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    Why the powers behind the scenes protect constitutional abuse

    Since I went to school many years ago honest patriotic americans have revealed the courts abuse of powers. Why does it continue to get worse. Why do the economic, policital and sundry other powers that essentially influence our government allow it to destroy the Constitution? Because they chase immediate gratification of a desire rather than the perpetual protection of their rights. A supposed principle of law is that 'those who can and should prevent a crime, and do not, are a partner to it.' If you want your government back participate in it beyond paying taxes. Stop supporting the abusers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2005

    Educational, Informative, slightly disappointing

    Judge Napolitano is clearly a brilliant, colorful jurist. He has developed a well-thought out criticism of the executive powers of the U.S. Government. He has littered his argument with numerous examples of how the Feds (and other governmental officials)abuse their powers. These examples run from the personal (where he was accosted in New York City) to the famous (yes, Martha Stewart rears her head). In short, the good judge has an ax to grind. In truth, his argument might have been a bit more effective if he had balanced it with some counterpoints. There is little doubt that the government abuses its power when arresting people (just ask, as Mr. Napolitano points out, some of the poor folk down at Guatanamo Bay), but the argument could have been a bit more subtle -and therefore convincing - if a more intelligent discussion had been conducted on the 'positive' aspects of aggressive police-work. In this post-9/11 world one can't totally dismiss the dangers of proper 'due process.' Unlike the American environment when our Constitution was written - when, for instance, a pony or a sloop was the fastest form of sending a message - people today have instant access with the entire globe. If someone in the apartment up the street is plotting to dispense nuclear arms on our beloved shores, this person should be stopped as soon as possible. No? The law has always been a slippier slope. And, recently, it has become even slippier.

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