Protected Rights and Freedoms of the Bill of Rights

Kyle Manger

CJA/550- Legal Issues in Justice and Security

July 18, 2011

Professor Sapp


In America there are many aspects of our individual freedoms and rights as a whole that must be protected.   In our country people believe and stand by three basic principles, which are   life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all of our citizens.   The United States Constitution and other government documents are known to all citizens as supreme law of the United States and is written in our Constitution.   The controversial issues of the abuses of power and unconstitutional police works has made all citizens of the United States, including myself to take a deeper look out our governments inner workings and more importantly their use of power and how they interact with its citizens.     In this paper I will argue that the United States has abused the Constitution in certain areas and how we hold the Constitution, especially the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth amendments of our land to a very high standard.  

Protected Rights and Freedoms of the Bill of Rights

The United States Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.   The term “Due Process” is defined as every individual citizens rights to the Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.   The existence of Due Process can therefore be summed up as fundamental fairness.   It is protection against violation of those rights that were endowed to us mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.   Due Process does however cover a broad spectrum of rights, and it can be hard to understand just where our rights end and Due Process begins.   Any time our rights are taken away, without a legal reasoning, it is a...