The Treason Clause is considered a forgotten constitutional law in the United States. The Treason Clause complicates both liberal and conservative positions. Firstly, the Treason Clause explicitly states that individuals are capable of engaging in warlike actions against it; secondly, the Treason Clause again states exactly the opposite persons who levy war against the United States are entitled to specific procedural protections (The Forgotten Constitutional Law of Treason, 2006). Whoever is subjected to treason prosecution under the constitutional law must be tried in an open civilian court and may not be detained by the military as an enemy. In the 21st century this rule of law may be forgotten, however, was familiar to the lawyer during
But recently gerrymandering has become more controversial because people feel that it has taken away their rights as a voter and it swings the votes to one side by a big percentage. Current cases are before the courts to decide if gerrymandering is legal. Some states have been discussing whether it should still be allowed during elections. “Many efforts are underway to remedy this political
These improvements are aimed to monitor suspicious behaviors and hopefully prevent future terrorist attacks like 9/11. This topic is highly controversial. Opponents of the Patriot Act argue that this act restricts the right to privacy which is promised to citizens by the founding fathers and is stated in the Constitution. Supporters argue that the Patriot Act is a necessary response to 9/11 and provides our law enforcement with the means to eradicate potential terrorist behaviors before they occur. Truly, the Patriot Act is one of the most positive government or public response to the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
The document consisted of acts/ laws that if violated citizens would have suffered consequences. For example, the document proclaimed that if, “any person shall write, print, utter or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States” (Sedition Act), would have been convicted, punished, and imprisoned. Our fellow opponents, the Republicans, stated that with this law, we are eliminating freedom of speech and press from the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. That was quite incorrect. This was a necessary precaution of the prosperity and stability of the nation.
With the advancement of surveillance technology, many citizens feel that their privacy rights have been violated due to homeland security and the threat of terrorism. Throughout history our government has implemented domestic and international surveillance as a way to safeguard our society from other countries. Now the question that seems to arise within our society is if the government is infringing on our civil liberties? Or is this indeed protecting our nation from imminent danger? The balance between national security and the rights of American citizens was forged in 1791 with The Fourth Amendment.
The reason I request for its repel is because it was a violation of the first amendment, turned political parties against each other, and because the only reason the Sedition Act was made was because of the president’s wife. First of all the sedition act was a direct violation of the first amendment. Many newspapers wrote about what they thought and would get arrested for that. In the Sedition Act it states, “false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either house of the congress of the United States, or President of the United States,” (Adams 1798) this isn’t fair. The first amendment was made to protect you right of the
Throughout United States History, there have been many situations that have limited civil rights. Some of these actions were the Espionage and Sedition Acts, the Executive Order 9066, and the passage of the USA Patriot Act. These actions were very controversial at the time and caused a lot of commotion between Americans and officials. Some people did not agree with them changing our civil liberties and were upset about it while others were fine with them changing our rights. In 1917, the Espionage Act was passed stating that any statement that could interfere with the success of our country winning the war became illegal.
Terrorists have always been a threat to this great nation, but the events that occurred in Washington D.C. and New York on that fateful day showed many Americans the reality of what terrorists are capable of. Even though the hijackers on 9/11 had entered the country legally, albeit under less stringent immigration laws, the fear that other terrorists might possibly be exploiting weaknesses in our border security is ever present. While many people fear these terrorists entering into our country from the south, Alan Bersin, former Commissioner of The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, says that the biggest threat actually comes from the north. In 2011, Bersin told reporters that the CBP “has recorded more cases of people with suspected terrorist backgrounds or links to terror organizations entering the U.S. from Canada than from Mexico.” (Mora). This could be because the Canadian border is nearly three times as long as our border with Mexico, and with thousands of miles of desolate terrain, it is harder to patrol.
Brianna Marquez English III - 5th period May 22, 2018 Being bad & getting exposed Police brutality and the system being corrupt has always been an issue in America, but lately it’s been brought up more and more in the media. The system hasn 't always revealed the full truth about stories, but now with technology it has become a concern that the police are covering up things that we should know. Recently there have been more protests and riots about officers not doing their jobs and they are going out of there way to hurt victims. On the other hand, there is that amount of people who believe if the victims really did do something so terribly wrong, they deserve the punishment they receive. This can be a very touchy subject to talk about since there are so many viewpoints on police brutality and corruption, but there are some officers who are getting away with abusing their power.
There has been many controversial issues about the “stop-and-frisk” law. One side believes that it is racially profiling the communities of minorities and the other side believes that it is helping communities rise away from violence. There is a lot of history and background on stop-and-frisk and how it originated in the United States, especially in different places around the world. This law has been very controversial even within the law itself, so controversial states are debating on getting rid of it completely. Many politicians speak on this tactic in both positive and negative ways and the statistical growths and decreases on this topic.