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    Post your link on domestic policies and their results here. One link per post, please.

    Domestic policy revolves around laws or other government actions that unduly (or even unconstitutionally) restrict the rights of the people. The current hot topic is due process, with some politicians going as far as to publicly declare that due process is preventing the government from catching terrorists.

    Cornell University Law Center has this to say about the Constitutionality of due process:
    “The Constitution states only one command twice. The Fifth Amendment says to the federal government that no one shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, uses the same eleven words, called the Due Process Clause, to describe a legal obligation of all states. These words have as their central promise an assurance that all levels of American government must operate within the law (“legality”) and provide fair procedures.”

    It is unconstitutional to deprive a US citizen of any right guaranteed by law without due process. That means that if a a person is on a list that prevents them from obtaining a firearm, traveling on an airline, or any other freedom afforded to other US citizens, that person’s right to due process has been infringed.

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    Meet Mikey, 8: U.S. Has Him on Watch List
    By Lizette Alvarez
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/nyregion/14watchlist.html

    “For every person on the lists, hundreds of others may get caught up simply because they share the same name; a quick scan through a national phone directory unearthed 1,600 Michael Hickses. Over the past three years, 81,793 frustrated travelers have formally asked that they be struck from the watch list through the Department of Homeland Security; more than 25,000 of their cases are still pending.”

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    Until the No Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn’t Be Used to Restrict People’s Freedoms
    By Hina Shamsi
    https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/until-no-fly-list-fixed-it-shouldnt-be-used-restrict-peoples-freedoms

    “There is no constitutional bar to reasonable regulation of guns, and the No Fly List could serve as one tool for it, but only with major reform. As we will argue to a federal district court in Oregon this Wednesday, the standards for inclusion on the No Fly List are unconstitutionally vague, and innocent people are blacklisted without a fair process to correct government error. Our lawsuit seeks a meaningful opportunity for our clients to challenge their placement on the No Fly List because it is so error-prone and the consequences for their lives have been devastating.”

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    Mark Ruffalo on terrorist watchlist
    Mark Ruffalo, the Hollywood actor, has been added to a US terror advisory list after he promoted a documentary about the effects of natural gas drilling.
    by Nick Allen
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8168697/Mark-Ruffalo-on-terrorist-watchlist.html

    “The 43-year-old year old actor was placed on the watch list by Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security after he arranged screenings for the “Gasland” documentary.”

    * Special note from Mark, this story, though very short, highlights how government officials can strip rights from citizens for something as simple as not agreeing with the government.

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