Because it can happen … and has…
(Independent Journal) – 1. Posting things the government doesn’t like onto social media.
2. Someone thinks that you are a terrorist — or maybe just does not like you.
3. The government made a mistake.
4. You have the same name as a potential terrorist.
5. Traveling the globe.
Even after one sees a fair trial and is acquitted of any charges, the database of names can still flag Americans and place them on the list, pending any establishment of “suspicion.”
Oh yeah, more…
Due process isn’t the sexiest part of the Constitution. It doesn’t get all the attention like the First or Second Amendments. But it is so incredibly important to the foundation of our country that it’s painful to see the hits it’s been taking these past few years.
The latest attempt has been incredibly direct, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., declaring that “due process is what’s killing us right now.” Manchin’s comments came in response to the Orlando terrorist attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 more. Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Manchin said that due process was keeping legislators from banning those on the Terrorist Watch List from purchasing guns.
“The problem we have, and really the firewall we have right now, is due process,” Manchin said Thursday. “It’s all due process.”
Darn that pesky due process and its constitutional protections!
Manchin is just the latest Democrat to explicitly trample on Americans’ constitutional rights. On Wednesday, a number of Democrats told my colleague Joel Gehrke that the presumption of innocence was unnecessary when government seeks to deprive someone of a constitutional right.
A reminder of Rep. Trey Gowdy’s thoughts on this…