Constitution – Bill of Rights

BILL OF RIGHTS    PDF
THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution…

Amendment I — Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II — A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III — No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV — The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V — No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI — In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII — In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII – Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX — The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X — The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Citizens Commission on Benghazi -Final Report

This report has also been placed on the Resource page.  

Excerpt: “The most egregious dereliction of duty came during the night of 11-12 September 2012, when brave Americans battled alone for hours against overwhelming odds while the government that sent them in harm’s way did not even attempt a rescue mission. We know now that U.S. forces were available in multiple locations, including Aviano Air Base and Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy, at the Rota Naval Base in Spain, and the Commander’s In-Extremis Force in Croatia, in addition to Foreign Emergency Support Teams (FEST). Someone in the U.S. chain of command decided not to send any of these forces into Libya to help. Further, the interagency task force called the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG), established by presidential directive precisely for such terror attacks as this one, was not convened. Secretary of State Clinton must be held responsible for her failure to provide adequate protection to the SMC in Benghazi in the months leading up to the attack, as well as for her failure to …”  Click link to read entire report

Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi Betrayal in Benghazi: A Dereliction of Duty June 29, 2016 Report

 

Response from Fred Upton – Benghazi Select Committee’s Investigation

FredUpton[Reply to question asked: “WHY ISN’T H.CLINTON IN JAIL?”]

Dear Charles:

Thank you for contacting me regarding Benghazi Select Committee’s investigation into the Obama administration’s mishandling of the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  I too am alarmed at the ongoing obstruction and lack of transparency from President Obama and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and I appreciate this opportunity to respond.

In the 113th Congress, I supported H.RES. 567 to establish this Select Committee to fully investigate the attacks in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, believing that learning the truth about the events surrounding that night is crucial to prevent a reoccurrence of the terrible tragedy and hold those responsible for security failures accountable. The Committee began its work on May 2, 2014 under the leadership and guidance of Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

Contrary to Secretary Clinton and the Obama Administration’s claims, the Benghazi Select Committee has uncovered much about the attack and the events surrounding it that would have gone unknown without the committee’s investigation.  Under the methodic and thorough direction of Chairman Gowdy the committee has reviewed 50,000 pages of documents never before given to Congress and interviewed dozens of key witnesses – including seven eyewitnesses. Additionally, in October of this year, the committee secured a commitment from the State Department to provide all Ambassador Stevens’ emails. This all despite the administration and State Department’s repeated failures to comply with the investigation and attempts to delay any cooperation.

Among information revealed during the investigation is Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server to conduct official State Department business, something the State Department failed to share with the committee.  Secretary Clinton has since claimed that she is incapable of turning the record of the emails over to the committee because the email server was deleted.  Immediately following these revelations, the committee subpoenaed Secretary Clinton and demanded all email sent to and from the private account between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2012. Since that time the FBI has uncovered many disturbing details surrounding the management of this server including reservations by Clinton staffers over the security of the server and evidence that foreign attacks occurred on the accounts containing classified information.

Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email account raises serious questions about the preservation of federal records as required by law during her service as well as the security of sensitive and classified information contained in those records.   I have full confidence in Chairman Gowdy’s ability to conduct a thorough investigation with the utmost integrity and I support his ongoing efforts.  I believe that we owe the families of the victims involved in this tragic event the due diligence of investigating this issue to its fullest limits to fully understand what occurred. I will continue to support Chairman Gowdy and the Select Committee in their search for these answers so we can ensure such a tragedy never happens again.

Thank you again for contacting me. As always, I look forward to your continued input on the major issues facing our state and nation.

Very truly yours,
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Fred Upton
Member of Congress