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US Constitution. An evaluation on the aftermath of September 11th needs to be under review to establish civil liberties are defended. Since the constitution was adopted it has been central to whether the US constitution meets the terms and defends civi

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The basic concept of the US constitution explains how a current government should govern. The US constitution clearly outlines the powers of the legislature and the executive branch. The main aim of the Founding Fathers was to establish an effective government; with limitation of power. The Bill of Rights entrenched the rights of American people. The Bill of Rights states the importance of freedom and equal opportunity. The terrorist attacks of September 2001 and the underlying question is how effective has the US constitution been in defending civil liberties at a time of heightened concerns about homeland security. An evaluation on the aftermath of September 11th needs to be under review to establish civil liberties are defended. ...read more.

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In the past during times of heightened concerns steps were needed to protect the US liberty for example during Lincoln's time the suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War. This was supported by Congress at the time, but was then restored at the end of the Civil War. Franklin Roosevelt used executive orders in 1933 to close all American banks and force the public to turn in their gold coins. However the constitution re-asserts itself as the crisis subsidies during Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld and Boumediene vs. Bush the Supreme Court ruled that the detainees were entitled to constitutional protection. However, some people argue that this relies on the Supreme Court stepping in to reverse the trend against civil liberties, and groups such as the ACLU have suggested ...read more.

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They also argue that Bush was taking over judicial responsibilities therefore breaches the separation of power. The Republican majority in Congress responded to the Hamdan Verdict when it passed the Military Commissions Act. Then in the case of Boumedine vs. Bush, the Supreme Court then ruled that the Military Act was unconstitutional as it failed to guarantee a fair trial to suspects. Then there is the view that the Constitution fails to protect civil liberties. In the past the suspensions of civil liberties such which have been mentioned above are increasingly permanment and expansive. Buish has created a War on Terror, with a permanment state of emergency(using colour-coded security warnings) to justify ...read more.

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