The Bill Of Rights No Longer Adequately Protects The Rights Of Americans

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Assess the view the Bill of rights no longer adequately protects the rights of Americans (25 marks)
The first 10 amendments in the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. The Bill of rights was written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties; the Bill of Rights therefore lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. A famous quote about the Bill of rights is “The Bill of Rights wasn’t enacted to give us any rights. It was enacted so the Government could not take away from us any rights that we already had.” The first 10 amendment are freedom of speech, press, petition, press, & assembly, right to bear arms, no quartering of troops, no illegal search and seizure, right to due process, grand jury, no double jeopardy, no self-incrimination, & eminent domain, guarantees a speedy, public, impartial trial by jury, right to a trial by jury in a civil case, no cruel and unusual punishment, unenumerated rights not necessarily written out in the Constitution and rights reserved to the states. Past and recent events have led to the infringement on the rights and liberties of American citizens despite the Bill of Rights.
One reason why the Bill of rights no longer protects the rights of Americans is Guantanamo bay which was established in 2002 in Cuba. It is a facility which is operated by the United States government and it goes against the 4th, 6th and 8th amendment. Suspects can be detained for…

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