Latest Fearmongering: DOJ Wants To Suspend All Sorts Of Constitutional Rights

The Coronavirus fearmongering has obviously been flying around for weeks. We keep getting all the “Trump’s shutting down the nation for (X) long!!!!!!!”. No one ever actually has a named source, but, they keep having to knock this down, like

Where are the sources for these things? And the media itself isn’t helping. Here’s Rolling Stone, which used to be about music, taking a Politico screed to an even higher Moonbat level

DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency

The Trump Department of Justice has asked Congress to craft legislation allowing chief judges to indefinitely hold people without trial and suspend other constitutionally-protected rights during coronavirus and other emergencies, according to a report by Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan.

While the asks from the Department of Justice will likely not come to fruition with a Democratically-controlled House of Representatives, they demonstrate how much this White House has a frightening disregard for rights enumerated in the Constitution.

First, if you read that Politico article, they offer zero sources nor do they show us these “documents” to decide for ourselves.

The DOJ has requested Congress allow any chief judge of a district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation,” according to draft language obtained by Politico. This would be applicable to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil processes and proceedings.” They justify this by saying currently judges can pause judicial proceedings in an emergency but that new legislation would allow them to apply it “in a consistent manner.”

Wait, so they can already do this, but the DOJ (if the documents are real) want this done in a consistent manner? How horrible! Here’s where it gets fun

But the Constitution grants citizens habeas corpus which gives arrestees the right to appear in front of a judge and ask to be released before trial. Enacting legislation like the DOJ wants would essentially suspend habeas corpus indefinitely until the emergency ended. Further, DOJ asked Congress to suspend the statute of limitations on criminal investigations and civil proceedings during the emergency until a year after it ended.

Norman L. Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, told Politico the measure was “terrifying,” saying, “Not only would it be a violation of [habeas corpus], but it says ‘affecting pre-arrest.’ So that means you could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over. I find it absolutely terrifying. Especially in a time of emergency, we should be very careful about granting new powers to the government.”

“That is something that should not happen in a democracy,” he added.

Hmm, suddenly Liberals, OK, Modern Socialists, find it terrifying to grant Government new powers. Welcome to Conservatism, folks!

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18 Responses to “Latest Fearmongering: DOJ Wants To Suspend All Sorts Of Constitutional Rights”

  1. John says:

    Obama wants to be a dictator and put us all in FEMA camps?
    Or the fear of transgender bathrooms at Target

    • formwiz says:

      He tried hard enough.

      And how long was it before those Jerseyans got out of the FEMA camps?

  2. John says:

    Fearmongering about election fraud?

  3. ontoiran says:

    “use trusted local and federal government sources”
    and those would be…?

  4. formwiz says:

    It’s not Justice, it’s state governors.

    These arbitrary, open-ended lockdowns violate most of the Bill of Rights.

    Can’t wait for the courts to open up.

  5. formwiz says:

    Yes, he ignores global warming, just like he ignored Covid-19!

    No, it was the Demos who ignored that. While they were running around in circles trying to get their phony impeachment working, people were trying to tell them about the Red Chinese Germ Warfare Flu.

    But you were too busy yelling, “Abuse of power”!

    Get fu(ked, moron.

  6. formwiz says:

    If people are putting out this stuff, it just shows they’re getting a little stir crazy and they’re rebelling already.

    This is healthy.

    Give it another week and you’re going to see people marching in the streets.

    What will all those totalitarian Demo governors do when people start demanding to be let out because the panic is so obviously phony?

    Supposedly, there’s a movement to replace Gropin’ Joe with Don Cuomo (be glad it isn’t Newsom). In his first debate, he can explain where he gets the right to suspend the Constitution and keep people locked in their homes for 4 months.

    The Demos are gonna rue the day they started this.

  7. Jl says:

    Funny-“he ignored it….”. J, as usual, has it exactly backward. It’s the libs who have ignored it, unless they believe whining about Trump is doing something. In that case they get an A+.

  8. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host quoted:

    While the asks from the Department of Justice will likely not come to fruition with a Democratically-controlled House of Representatives, they demonstrate how much this White House has a frightening disregard for rights enumerated in the Constitution.

    I’ve got to laugh at this, because the Democrats are full of praise for the Democratic governors who have imposed authoritarian controls and even placed a man under what amounts to house arrest, without going through the courts. At least the DoJ proposition would require some sort of due process, going through a judge.

    But, that said, it’s still a horrible idea. COVID-19 is bad, but taking away our constitutional rights is far worse.

  9. Dana says:

    Following the Reichstag fire, President von Hindenburg issued the Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State:

    On the basis of Article 48 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the German Reich, the following is ordered in defense against Communist state-endangering acts of violence:

    § 1. Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom, freedom of expression, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Warrants for House searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

    That ended kind of badly for the German people, but they all thought it was great at the time, shouting “Seig heil!” to the man they thought would save them. Our toleration of the authoritarian decrees of some states’ governors, ’cause it’s an emergency, you know, will not end well for us.

  10. Dana says:

    Mayor Jim Kenney (NSDAP-Philadelphia) has issued his orders!

    Philadelphia residents ordered to ‘stay-at-home’ starting Monday morning
    by Sean Collins Walsh | March 22, 2020 | 1:30 PM EDT

    Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration will order Philadelphia residents to stay at home starting 8 a.m. Monday.

    No outdoor gatherings of any kind will be allowed unless they are related to essential businesses like food or medicine.

    Outdoor exercise with social distancing is permitted.

    How is Reichsführer SS Kenney going to enforce this? Just what does “not allowed” mean? Will he send in the Geheime Staatspolizei to break up any meetings, and arrest any who refuse to comply?

    Of course, the left are eating up this s(tuff), making a sex symbol out of Governor Andy Beshear (NSDAP-KY) for his dictatorial orders.

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