Due Process of Law
Imagine for a moment that you live in a country where the following conditions are true:
- Your home, property, and body can be searched for any reason at any time.
- Authorities may use any means necessary to force information from you if they suspect you of a crime.
- You may be jailed indefinitely, never having been told what you were accused of, or given a chance to defend yourself.
- If a trial is offered, a lone judge, in secret, determines your guilt and then authorizes cruel punishment.
While the vast majority of Americans are generally law-abiding citizens, most of us will eventually run afoul of the law, perhaps for something as minor as a traffic infraction. Would treatment such as that described above be fair?