Re: National Security Supersedes Constitution--Police State in Place?

Harvey Newstrom (
Fri, 05 Dec 1997 11:12:45 -0500

In the United States there is a docterine known as a "Clear and Present
Danger." If there is a "Clear and Present Danger" all rights under the
Constitution are null and void. Any actions whatsoever that are deemed
necessary can be taken. This allows the state to search areas without a
warrant, detain persons without formal charges, jail persons without a
jury trial by their peers, etc. Normal rights in most countries only
apply under normal and peaceful conditions. When the government is at
war or under seige, more restricted options are usually available.
Harvey Newstrom  (