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Unconstitutional - The War On Our Civil Liberties
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Autumn of 2001 brought us assaults against Americans' comfort zone on many fronts. We learned that we could fall victim to attacks on US soil, and we learned that those guarantees provided to us in the Constitution were equally vulnerable.
Unconstitutional is the third in a series of Public Interest Pictures films that follows Unprecedented: The 2000 Election and Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War. True to their legacy, Unconstitutional provides the facts and stories that illuminate administration lies, wrongheaded policies and the real victims of these actions the American people.
Here, you'll get the real story behind the USA PATRIOT Act and other administration policies and the gut wrenching stories behind those affected from law abiding sales clerks to United States Olympians unable to travel. It'll remind you of what America used to stand for and what it seems we're falling for now. In short, this film will affirm why you're angry and give you a tool to help others join your ranks.
Sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union and full of bipartisan testimony by lawyers, politicians, and victims of Patriot Act abuse, Unconstitutional makes an eloquent case for the careful interpretation of Constitutional law, exploring rising opposition to Patriot Act abuses while exposing how many of our freedoms have been undermined in the name of post-9/11 security. Regardless of your political affiliation, this is a chilling reminder of how seemingly good intentions can corrupt even our most cherished American values. --Jeff Shannon
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The invasion of privacy highlighted is enormous. According to the film, the government can now demand customer records from stores and conduct sneak-peek searches in people's homes without a warrant. There is no limit to what the Patriot Act allows, and the original purpose has been lost. The documentary does provide good news in that the officials who actually passed it are beginning to question its effectiveness and clamoring for public debate about it. De la Pena even interviews Representative Robert Barr, one of the more conservative members of Congress, who is quite open about his concerns regarding the credence of the Act. But the most telling portion of the documentary is the story of the Hamouis, a Syrian family who owned a grocery store in Seattle for over a decade.Read more ›
Latin Americans, people who converted to Islam, or people who look slightly Middle Eastern have also been a victim to these disgusting abuses of civil liberties.
Nobody would like their mother or father to be discriminated against, arrested and held indefinitely simply because of their faith or the way they look. America has chosen to put these people in Guantanamo Bay indefinitely because it is not on American soil so American laws don't apply, neither do Geneva conventions.
If we follow the USA Patriot Act and allow these civil rights abuses to continue, then the terrorists have won. We have all started suspecting each other and going against each other. What we have to do is show tolerance and stick together.
I highly recommend this eye-opening documentary. It is very moving. Every human being, whether they are American or not, has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That's what we have been taught since we were born.
The "Patriot" Act, passed by congress after 9/11 in the middle of the night under the noses of the American people, is one of the most powerful tools the Neocons have ever had to render the protections of our liberties in the Constitution useless. It was passed through congress by cowardly senators who did'nt want to look "weak on terrorism" and were too scared to even read it! This movie outlines the history of this act of treason and EVERY American should watch it. The truth is getting out: ANYONE can be labelled a "terrorist" under the Patriot Act.
I am sure Neocon lapdogs will hate this movie; their response to this Fascist legislation has always been "if you are a good American (a silent, obedient slave to your government masters) then you'll have nothing to worry about.."
This film explains why being an ignorant minion in a democratic society is such a bad idea.
BUY THIS FILM. WATCH THIS FILM.
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Republican or Democrat (or anything in between because you refuse to take a stand)...you must watch this. Americans have no idea what George W. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cheryl A. Saltzman
Found it to be very interesting, although the narrator's voice has somewhat of a religious - "You will believe me" mesmerizing tone to it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tashinamu8
Five stars because I am sure he is right. But the whole subject is old news, and I'm bored with it. Time to move on.Published on August 5, 2013 by RadioMaven
Great only in the sense that it's informative and an eye opener to those who rely on Mainstream Media for their source of information.Published on February 25, 2013 by J. Wilson
People, you need to educate yourselves on what your government is doing to you. This is the start of a great read.Published on February 6, 2013 by grammy
I saw this video online and wanted a copy. Everyone should see this video for the information it contains about real history. People need to wake up and in a hurry. Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by Martha Jane Lane