The quiet death of the 5th amendment; are people of color listening?

By Guest Columnist Jul 20, 2007

Bukola Ekundayo for RaceWire: On July 17, 2007 the Bush Administration announced the introduction of a tool to help fight the war on terror. Property can now be seized from those who "threaten stabilization efforts in Iraq". It’s official. The Fifth Amendment protecting Americans from being deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, has fallen. At a time when public opinion for this war is at an all time low this administration is still seeking ways and means to erode our civil rights in a desperate attempt to support a failed war. What is more startling is that this administration already has the tools to freeze banks accounts of companies or groups that support terrorist activities. However, Tuesday’s executive order gives the President more leeway. Those who "threaten stabilization efforts in Iraq" could have their property seized without a single court proceeding. The most troubling aspect of this development is the potential scope of those who "threaten". Could anti-Iraq war protesters in the U.S. find themselves homeless? Or could Hillary Clinton find her campaign finances frozen next week? Yesterday, the Pentagon released a statement arguing that she is boosting enemy propaganda by asking how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq. Further, should I worry about having a roof over my head once this blog post is published? Or will an uproar I’m afraid isn’t happening among people of color, keep this news and our 5th amendment rights out of the loop of our racial justice fights? Bukola Ekundayo studied political science and foreign policy at Northwestern University where she graduated in 2005. A Marketing and IT Project Manager, Ekundayo is also a consummate pop culture analyst.