First entry: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 1:45 pm
Edited by K. Betinakis
In the United States, the first effects on human rights of the virus have begun to appear.
The Justice Department has secretly asked Congress for the ability to keep those arrested “indefinitely” as well as other powers that experts call “scary.”
But the US Constitution grants habeas corpus nationals the right to appear before a judge and seek release before trial. Legislation essentially wants to suspend the habeas corpus indefinitely until the emergency is over. Further, the Justice Department has asked Congress to suspend the statute of limitations on criminal investigations and civil proceedings during the emergency until one year after it expires.
While requests from the Department of Justice will probably not be approved by a democratically controlled House of Representatives, they do show that the White House is terribly indifferent to the rights listed in the Constitution.
At the same time, a bipartisan group of senators and a coalition of liberal and progressive activists rejected a plan to pass by Senate legislation renewing three provisions of US law FREEDOM (formerly known as US PATRIOT law).
The bill had already been hastily passed by the House of Representatives and most were expected to pass in the Senate. But, on the contrary, the Senate leadership proposed a 77-day extension.
Supporters of the deep state argue that the expiry of business records – which allows for the interception of communications and was at the heart of Edward Snowden's 2013 revelations – (and the provision of a lone wolf allows the government to subjugate an unknowing person relationships with terrorists and the provision of landline telephone services (which allows the government to monitor communications on any device that can be used by a targeted person) is essential to keep Americans safe.
However, since Congress passed the PATRIOT Act for the first time nearly 20 years ago, mass surveillance, illegal interception of phone calls, and massive data collection have never stopped terrorist.