Human Rights

"Those who don't know history are destined to  repeat it." Edmund Burke  (1729-1797) British Statesman and  Philosopher

Politicians can try to pretend we don't deserve  constitutional protection, but the United States was a huge part of the U.N.  Declaration of rights after the holocaust.  And they are guilty of  violating nearly the entire  declaration. ________________________________________________________________________________ In  the period from 1450 to 1750, somewhere around 40,000 to 60,000 individuals were  tried and convicted of witchcraft.  These people were tortured, hung,  burned alive, or drowned.  The entire class of people 'witches' were all  deemed evil and dangerous without regard to their actual 'crime'.  This was  done as a measure of 'public safety'.  These times are often referred to as  the 'Burning Times'.  The 'Hammer for Witches' was written in 1486 which  was used to deal with witches.  Just being labeled a witch was good enough  reason to lose all human dignity.  Certainly some of these people may have  been evil, and perhaps some even made mistakes, but those facts were largely  ignored in the name of 'public safety'.  In the name of 'public safety',  nearly 60,000 people's lives were ended.  This world history is taught in  every school to ensure that people never make this same mistake again. In  1689 the English Bill of Rights passed parliament.  This was done partially  in response to the 'Burning Times'.  This was written to guarantee basic  civil rights to all people.  The English Bill of rights later spawned the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights,  and the constitution of many countries, including ours.  These were done  (among other reasons) to prevent 'cruel , inhumane, and degrading  punishments'.  They wanted to be sure the crimes of humanity of the witch  trials were never again repeated. In June 1692 the Salem Witch trials were  spawned in the American Colonies by fear mongering.  From June through  September of 1692 nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of  witchcraft, were flailed, hung or burned alive.  This was done in the  interest of 'public safety', to prevent children from being the victim of  witches.  As before, the facts of the 'crimes' were largely ignored.   As long as someone was branded a witch, that was good enough to torture them  all.  Just being labeled a witch was good enough reason to lose all human  dignity.  Again, many people's lives ended, and most of them were likely  not even witches.  The Salem witch trials are always taught in American  history to be sure that American's never repeat these atrocities. The United  States bill of rights was introduced by James Madison in 1789.  It was  based on the English Bill of Rights, arguably then, the 'Burning times'.   James Madison's stated purpose was to create a law 'prohibits the federal  government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property, without due  process of law.' Additionally, it was written that 'enumeration in the  Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage  others retained by the people'.  Specifically, the bill of rights was  created, to ensure that never again in America, would a class of people be  singled out, and punished again and again if that group suddenly became 'out of  favor'.  This language has led many scholars to interpret a reference to  the witch trials as something fresh in the minds of the people who wrote our  Bill of Rights.  The United States has made a history of invading  countries that violate basic human rights.  They have sent missions into  countries that violate basic human rights, and even imposed sanctions on  countries that violate basic human rights.  On December 10, 1948, in  response to the unimaginable horrors of Nazi Germany, the U.N. Declared the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This declaration states 'Whereas  recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of  all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace  in the world,' Fast forward to 1996.  There are very bad individuals,  creating heinous crimes.  Politicians quickly work to 'brand' these heinous  monsters 'sex offender'.  As always with modern day politics, 'if a little  is good, a lot is better'.  With the perceived public acceptance of the  original 'sex offender', they quickly move to wrap as many people as possible  into 'sex offender'.  Soon, you don't have to be a predator, and then you  don't even have to have a victim.  All it takes is a 'finger pointing', or  a bad email, and you too, are branded 'sex offender' for life.  The fact of  the case is largely irrelevant. Even if there is no true victim, that fact is  largely irrelevant.  Being branded 'sex offender' is enough for people to  remove all civil liberties and rights from you, without regard to any facts of  your case. In 2006 SORNA was written.  This is a mandate on how to  handle and deal with 'sex offender'.  Numerous politicians refer to this as  'hammering down' on 'sex offenders'.  (does anyone feel history repeating  itself')  As of today, there are nearly 900,000 people being tortured,  deprived of liberty, and murdered simply because they are tagged 'sex  offenders'.  Are some of these people 'evil'? Most certainly.   Every single study done on this group of 900,000 people always shows the  number of dangerous people at around 5%.  But that fact also is largely  ignored.  Nearly every basic human right is violated of all 900,000 people  in the name of 'public safety'.  These people lose rights to basic human  services, basic public facilities, and are deprived of any rights to privacy for  the rest of their life.  Sadly, the public by and large applauds our  government for this flagrant violation of human rights.  No one cares that  95% of these people are not even dangerous.  All they care about is they  are 'hammering down' on witches.  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  (this is a list of the basic human rights that are violated under SORNA).   It's inconceivable that politicians brag about violating nearly every single  article of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.  And the public generally  loves them for this.

Article 2 - Everyone is entitled to all the rights and  freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as  race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or  social origin, property, birth or other status...  SORNA classes people  loosely based on mistakes they made or were accused of, without regard to their  actual risk to the community.

Article 3 - Everyone has the right to life,  liberty and security of person. SORNA specifically violates life, liberty and  security by subjecting residents to immense harassment and public  degredation.

Article 4 - No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.   SORNA reduces a person's rights so significantly, that they are forced into a  form of servitude for the state.  They are denied civil liberties that  other persons take for granted.

Article 5 - No one shall be subjected to  torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.  Without  question, SORNA is inhuman degrading punishment for people who are not  dangerous.

Article 6 - Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a  person before the law.  SORNA specifically denies all due process, and  continuously increases ex-post-facto punishment without regard to its necessity,  or the effect on the people it is being applied to.

 Article 7 - All are equal  before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection  of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in  violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such  discrimination.  People subjected to SORNA no longer have many of the  protections and rights that normal people take for granted.

Article 8 -  Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national  tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the  constitution or by law.  SORNA is so oppressive, that people subject to it  have most of their resources stripped from them.  Since SORNA is declared  "administrative", (although violation of the registry law is considered crime with harsh punishment?), registrants are also denied public defense to assist them in  their plight.

Article 9 - No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest,  detention or exile...   Politicians repeatedly state that the purpose of  SORNA restrictions is to exile registrants, without regard to their level of  risk.

Article 11 - ''..Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that  was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed".  Every year  more restrictions are added, and every year more rights are deprived of  registrants, without regard to their level of risk.

Article 12 - No one shall  be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or  correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the  right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.   SORNA specifically encourages the public to harass and ostracize  residents.  SORNA is used as a shield to force registrants out of  neighborhoods and away from civilization, without regard to the risk of danger  the person presents.

Article 13 - Everyone has the right to freedom of  movement and residence within the borders of each state.  Everyone has the  right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his  country...  SORNA restricts a person's travel to the point that travel becomes  very burdensome.

Article 16 - The family is the natural and fundamental group  unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.   SORNA typically punishes family members almost as much as registrants if they  stay with the registrant.  Frequently SORNA is so punitive that it forces  families to split of to protect children from vigilantism.

Article 17 -  Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with  others...  SORNA specifically prohibits people to own property in many public  locations.

 Article 18 - Everyone has the right to freedom of thought,  conscience and religion.. and freedom, either alone or in community with others  and in public or private, to manifest his religion...  SORNA specifically  prohibits people from participating in many church services.

 Article 21 -  Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in their country...   SORNA prohibits registrants from use of any service that a child may use, even  if the registrant does not pose any risk to that child.

Article 22 -  Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is  entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation  and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the  economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free  development of his personality.  SORNA prohibits registrants from use of  any public resource in which a child may use.

Article 23 - Everyone has the  right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of  work and to protection against unemployment. Everyone, without any  discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Everyone who works  has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his  family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by  other means of social protection.  SORNA specifically prohibits registrants  from working at most employers.  Furthermore, the stigma is so oppressive,  that many employers simply won't hire a registrant.  

Article 25 -  Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and  well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and  medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the  event of unemployment, sickness...  SORNA adds exclusions to public health  care option limiting services to registrants.  SORNA denies section-8  housing, FHA, and homeless shelters to registrants.  SORNA is set to  exclude security to registrants who file unemployment.

Article 26 - Everyone  has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary  and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and  professional education shall be made generally available and higher education  shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit...  SORNA forbids  registrants from qualifying for Pell grants, Student loans, and in many cases,  specifically forbids registrants from attending school at either high school or  college level.  Teenagers who become registrants are frequently not allowed  to finish high school.

Article 27 - Everyone has the right freely to  participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to  share in scientific advancement and its benefits.  SORNA forbids  registrants from many public events.  Gyms and other public organizations  will often forbid membership to registrants.

Article 28 - Everyone is  entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms  set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.  Politicians  publically admit that SORNA registrants no longer deserve to have any human  rights, without regard to the crime committed.

Article 29 - everyone shall be  subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose  of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of  others.  SORNA removes all rights with no regard to the necessity of  removing those rights.  There is no cause-effect relationship necessary to  remove the rights.  'public safety' is a completely invalid argument for  removing these rights. Also, the rights enumerated above that are removed from SORNA  registrants frequently have no bearing on the level  of risk.

Article 30 - Nothing in this Declaration may be  interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in  any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights  and freedoms set forth herein.