R.I.P. Fifth Amendment

by Caleb Reading

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070717-3.html?1

Fifth 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 offense 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.”

From the Executive Order, assets will be seized from people who, according to “the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense”, have committed one of the acts mentioned in the order.

Three appointed members of the cabinet get together and decide amongst themselves that someone has committed a crime, and seize all their assets. And do what with them, exactly? And return them when? At what point does the person receive ANY due process? AFTER everything is seized? That’s not due process.

Oh but it gets even worse. From the order:

all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,

(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:

To pose a significant risk of committing? Three appointed cabinet members think you might do something can take everything you own or will own away without due process.

We are at war with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia.

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