The 6th Amendment Under Attack
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy
the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the
crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and
to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses
against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the
Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Feb 11 2013 - Secret Courts?
Diane Feinstein has proposed legislation "to ensure that drone strikes are carried out in a manner
consistent with our values, and the proposal to create an analogue of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court to review the conduct of such strikes”.
First, whose values will be consistent with drone strikes. If she's talking about the federal
government's values, I think we're all in a lot of trouble.
Second, this amounts to nothing more than a secret court making secret determinations without
the need to shoulder the onerous burden of due process.