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Resistance to tyranny starts with knowledge...

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Resistance to tyranny starts with knowledge...

          Yes, it is a fact!   The body of the U.S. Constitution   only provides one of our rights, the   Writ of Habeas Corpus.  The Bill of   Rights and Amendments to the   Constitution provide the rest.       Why is this important?      
There   should   be   no   underestimation   of   the   importance   in   our   society   of the   one   right   granted   to   us   as   citizens   by   our   U.S.   Constitution.      Those who   have   been   detained   by   law   enforcement   have   the   right   to   file   with the     court     requesting     a     writ     of     habeas corpus—translated   as   “produce   the   body”   but in    actuality    it    means    that    they    want    the detaining   law   enforcement   agency   to   bring them   before   the   court   and   provide   the   reason for   their   being   detained.      Under   totalitarian regimes   this   right   is   generally   not   available; meaning   citizens   can   be   picked   up   and   detained   for   weeks,   even   months or   years,   with   no   reason   given   or   a   trial   to   adjudicate   the   crime(s)   they are   accused   of.      Only   under   extreme   circumstances   (like   the   action   taken curing     the     American     Civil     War     by     President     Lincoln)     is     this constitutional right allowed to be set aside for a brief time. We hope. The    balance    of    our    freedoms    that    our    cornerstone    legal    document provides   comes   from   the   Bill   of   Rights   (the   first   ten   amendments)   and subsequent    amendments.        The    reason    for    the ability    to    amendment    the    U.S.    Constitution    is simply    so    we    can    make    adjustments    to    it    over time.          The     process     is     not     necessarily     easy, purposefully    the    case,    but    it    does    allow    the document   to   better   serve   the   public   over   time   as the    country    evolves…or    devolves.        The    grave concern     in     the     present     situation     we     face—a government    with    all    three    branches    controlled entirely    by    one    party—is    that    changes    can    be made    either    removing    or    mutating    existing    freedoms    or    adding amendments that curtail our current freedoms . As    you    can    see,    by    having    the    bulk    of    our    legal    rights    as    citizens guaranteed   by   the   changeable   portion   of   the   Constitution,   we   are   at   risk.     The   rhetoric   and   hate   coming   from   a volatile    White    House    and    President Trump     combined     with     a     far     right leaning    Congress    are    the    first    steps towards   these   changes.     With   control   of the   Supreme   Court   now   in   the   hands   of the   conservative   right,   the   obstacles   are few   in   number.      The   process   is   still   a difficult   one,   but   there   is   more   in   favor of   the   conservative   Christian   right   making   alterations   to   our   Constitution than   we   have   seen   in Washington,   D.C.   in   many   years.     The   enactment   of the Patriot Act was bad, but this situation may be much worse.  Constant vigilance is needed for our security as citizens. You can continue to follow these and other dynamic events of today in the CLC MEDIA CENTER.