Happy (or Indignant?) Bill of Rights Day

by Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, adopted 221 years ago to protect freedom in America. The principles articulated in the first 10 amendments to our Constitution have long inspired the rest of the world.

While our Founders attempted to enshrine liberty principles as constitutional norms that would trump any law, however, our government has come to routinely violate freedoms of speech, assembly, and association, while also pervasively committingunreasonable searches and seizures, violations of due process, and cruel punishment, all while unapologetically discriminating according to race, ethnicity, and faith

Spanning presidential administrations from each of the major political parties, ongoing abuses such as dragnet surveillance, the undercover infiltration of First Amendment protected groups,paramilitary policing and suppression of dissentracial profiling in the war on drugs, religious profiling in the war on terror, national origin profiling in the war on immigrants, extrajudicial assassination without trial, indefinite military detentionwithout trial, and the disturbing government secrecy that enables each of these violations reveal a whole far worse than the sum of its parts.