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Cindy Sheehan: Who amended the Constitution to delete the Fifth Amendment?

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox December 12, 2010
December 18, 2010

This Sunday (December 12th) Cindy welcomes Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.  She has a LONG history of fighting for the victims of our official “Justice” (not) system.  Check out this interview she did with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Maher Arar’s case against US officials for their role in sending him to Syria to be tortured. The Federal Bench calmly ruled that that victims of extraordinary rendition cannot sue Washington for torture suffered overseas, because Congress has not authorized such lawsuits.  (See how simple that was?  Yes, boyz and grrls – it’s true: THE US DOES NOT TORTURE!  Our “leaders” all say so.)  Today, she and Cindy discuss the case of Anwar al Awlaki, a US citizen currently on the special forces “kill” list.  Last Monday, the U.S. District Court agreed with the Obama Administration that U.S. Citizens can be killed without any charge; without any trial – and the District Court inexplicably agreed.  Uh, hey folks: Who amended the Constitution to delete the Fifth Amendment?  It once said:

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.

Awlaki is not serving in the Armed Services.  He is not in a combat zone.  WHEN WAS THIS AMENDMENT INVALIDATED?  Who invalidated it?

Please be sure to use the “Click here” link [below], and listen to these weighty matters.  Plus, get your very own copy of Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Major General Smedley Butler’s woefully still not famous speech, “War is a Racket.”  (And then, please do go read it!)


Anwar Al-Awlaqi: Judge Rules that President’s Decision to Assassinate US Citizens Abroad, Without Due Process or Explanation, is “Judicially Unreviewable”

Italian Judge Rules “Extraordinary Rendition” Illegal, Sentences CIA Agents by Andy Worthington

Wikileaks, the Espionage Act, and the Constitution (Ralph Nader testifies)


Appeals Court Rules in Maher Arar Case: Innocent Victims of Extraordinary Rendition Cannot Sue in US Courts

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