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Starwatcher162536
01-01-2010, 06:55 PM
I should probably know this, but whatever.

Is it ever expressly enumerated in the Constitution who falls under it? I always assumed it was just anyone who falls under the jurisdiction of the US gov't.

However, with all of the talk that has gone around the last few years about terrorists not having due process rights, I thought maybe this is a more grey issue then I previously thought.

cragger
01-01-2010, 07:46 PM
"There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em" - Louis Armstrong

From the Declaration:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The founding concept is of natural rights. Unalienable rights, not simply contractual privileges applied to certain classes of people or subject to alteration or revocation at the whim of those in power.