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Op/Ed: Why Ed Snowden's reveal will not die down: The Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution

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Similar to the paradox of Schoolhouse Rock, Ed Snowden revelations to Journalist Glenn  Greenwald why he choose to dispel U.S. Governmental activities on Spying On Americans, story will not die. Much to the dismay individuals politically aligned on the far-far left or equality opposite right, a majority of Americans strongly support provisions in our Bill of Rights and Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency in Hawaii, story has forced Americans to face an erosion of rights, principles and meaning of citizenry in the United States. Starting with the highly controversial Patriot Act in 2001 enacted by former President George W. Bush (R), Snowden's information revealed President Barack Obama's (D) National Security Agency "data-mining" all Americans phone records and using PRISM to record every email, video chat, instant message and transaction on the internet.

Precisely in the middle of this debate on if Snowden's actions were illegal or President Obama's National Security Agency was protecting us from the terrorists, are Americans perceived rights described in the 1st, 4th, 9th and 14th Amendments in the US Constitution.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Amendment I
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Should members of the public speaking up and expressing in support of Snowden or Guardian UK Journalist Glenn Greenwald be repressed? Of course they should not.

Likewise Snowden had rights to express his grievances with U.S. Government collecting mass records on Americans communication activities. Greenwald, as a journalist, should not be attacked for revealing Snowden's story as a press member. In fact, any journalist worth their "salt" so to speak, frequency craft stories divulging information others would prefer to be kept quiet. 

English: A screengrab from President Barack Ob...
English: A screengrab from President Barack Obama's first White House news conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Amendment IV

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
President Barack Obama's National Security Agency tactics steps on and dismantle American Citizens 4th Amendment Rights. To say anything otherwise would either be an outright lie or spreading propaganda in a vain effort to protect a Democrat, elected President.

A majority of Americans are not terrorists, nor would engage in committing any acts intending harming American Citizens or conscripting with others who desire to commit terror related acts. The broad and unprecedented overreach of privacy rights by President Obama's NSA, needs to be heard and debated by before America's highest judicial court, the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Frequency the U.S. Constitution Ninth Amendment is forgotten. The text by our Founding Fathers states specifically rights granted to American Citizens by the U.S. Constitution shall not be legislated away by the Government, elected officials of the Government, individuals or entities. 

The Rights are expressed in the Ninth Amendment are inherent to the People and shall not be denied. Equality, any propaganda expressed in media, by individuals in person or online expressing a refutation of such rights, should be immediately disparaged.

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - Section 1
Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.
Section 1

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
English: 14th Amendment of the United States C...
English: 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, page 2. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Each and every American Citizen expects and demand Due Process. The definition of Due Process states, "A fundamental, constitutional guarantee that all legal proceedings will be fair and that one will be given notice of the proceedings and an opportunity to be heard before the government acts to take away one's life, liberty, or property. Also, a constitutional guarantee that a law shall not be unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious". 

Edward Snowden, deserves due process under the law if allegations expressed by various Republican and Democratic U.S. elected officials, that his actions were possibly illegal. Every American Citizen warrants a reasonable expectation of Due Process under the law before the U.S. Government engages in storing personal and private communications of its 300+ million citizens.

To dispute context of what the 14th Amendment stands for and who it was designed to protect -- the People against an overreach by Government - is deceitful on the surface.

Americans should be outraged by any President, including Barack Obama -- a Constitutional Law Harvard Educated Lawyer -- who insists allegiance his administration practices under disguise of the highly disputatious Patriot Act, over rights granted to each natural born or naturalized U.S. Citizen by the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution. With such, the fight to retain the ingrained "rights of passage" for all Americans, including Edward Snowden, has just begun.

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Monica RW said...

Call me dumb but I think people see this from a wrong perspective. I don't really believe this is a new development. Maybe I'm paranoic but people do what the USA government is accused of doing from the birth of the internet and before. They keep it hidden off course like one would hide an ace in the sleeve. The thing that must concern is how all this information is used. Make some laws that say that the information can be used only on the gravest of cases; murder and/or terrorism. In the end, you can't be afraid if you have nothing to hide.

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