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Rights & Wrongs

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INHERENT RIGHTS  exist by reason of just being. One's right

to live is inherent.

 

INALIENABLE RIGHTS are not transferable. They allow the

practice of religion, freedom of speech, due process, and

equal protection of the laws.

 

CIVIL RIGHTS are defined by government to expand a person's

rights in society. They are affirming in nature to expand

a person's opportunity in society and differ from civil

liberties, such as freedom of the press, which protect people

from governmental interference.

 

PRIVACY RIGHTS provide freedom to be left alone and free of

unwarranted publicity. Right to Privacy encompasses various

rights recognized to be inherent in a free society including

protection from government interference, the right to

intimate personal relationships or activities, freedom to

make choices about oneself, family, and/or relationships.

The right does not apply to private conduct harmful to

individuals or society. Therefore, it is not inalienable.

 

The Right to Privacy is indirectly provided for by the

Constitution, through implications from the general spirit of

Amendments 1, 3, 4, 5, and 9 of the Bill of Rights. These

Amendments cover broad areas. Privacy rights are not

absolute where government interest is paramount  (as we are

learning with the ironically named, post 9/11,  The Patriot Act)!

 

There are four torts which provide remedies -- usually

financial -- for the invasion of one's privacy. They are:

1. Use of a person's name, picture, or likeness as a

symbol of his/her identity without compensation.

2. Intrusion upon a person's physical solitude.

3. Disclosure in public of private facts.

4. Misrepresentation in public of a person through

associations with which this person has no connection.

(A tort is a wrongful act, damage, or injury done

willfully, negligently, or in circumstances involving

strict liability, but not involving a breach of contract

for which a civil suit could be brought).

 

THE 14TH AMENDMENT 

Section 1... No State shall make or enforce any law which

shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the

United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life,

liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to

any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.

Section 5... The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by

appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

(Through the 14th Amendment, the Federal government protects

an individual's rights from State and individual denials.)

 

Now, to the showers to see how these laws and rights "wash".

" O! Ye that love mankind!   Ye that dare
   oppose not only tyranny, but the tyrant,
Stand Forth! "
Thomas Paine, Common Sense 1776