Rights: An Identification of Certain Facts of Reality

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In all my years of living, I never experienced how to lose a right. “I wonder how those incarcerated feel”. My parents had always told me that people died for what freedom that we had. I never really thought nothing of it until I got in school where I first learned the word war. Once I heard it, I had knew what my parents meant. They were saying that for me to even drink water out of a public water fountain. In order to do it, it was a war involved. A war is an organized and often prolonged conflict that is carried out by states and/or non-state actors. It is characterized by extreme violence, social disruption, and economic destruction. They basically told me that anything that I got and had was fought for. Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries, monitoring the passage of restrictive laws and regulations around the world. Iran, for example, has been criticized for denying fair public trials and limiting privacy, while Russia has been taken to task for undermining due process. Other countries have been condemned for the use of secret evidence and torture. Even as we pass judgment on countries we consider unfree, Americans remain confident that any definition of a free nation must include their own — the land of free. Yet, the laws and practices of the land should shake that confidence. In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, this country has comprehensively reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded security state. The most recent example of this was the National Defense Authorization Act, signed Dec. 31, which allows for the indefinite detention of citizens. At what point does the reduction of individual rights in our country change how we define ourselves? What are individual rights exactly? You can think of them as social boundaries between people. There are certain actions that are off limits because they are an attack on another person's ability to live. Rights are an identification of particular human...
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