By Al Duncan
May 13, 2011
In 2002, before about 100 people, my good friend David Wegener offered a Power Point presentation surrounding the events that took place before, during and immediate after September 11, 2001. It was entitled, “9/11, The Day That Changed the World Forever.” As Wegener revealed, without 9/11, the freedom-expunging Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Acts would never have been enacted.
Today, the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment would not be in jeopardy—the right to know what you are being accused of, the right to be confronted with the witnesses against you; the right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury in a court of your peers; the right to be able to obtain favorable witnesses and to have Counsel defend you. Nor would we be subject to secret arrests and secret detentions and torture. Nor would we be subjected to TSA body scanners and groping pat-downs, or absurd mobile x-ray vans on public streets and highways, trains, buses and boats, as well as at sport stadiums, hotels and shopping malls.