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Key Processes of Democracy

Updated on July 27, 2019
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American democracy can be confusing. I am here to share my knowledge so the people can understand how the system works

Key Processes of Democracy

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. 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 laws.

(Senate, 2019)

On September 11, 2001 tragedy hit America when terrorist hijack planes to crash them into important landmarks. This would include the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Two planes succeeded by crashing into the twin towers (World Trade Center) The second plane was in route to crash into the Pentagon but was unsuccessful. One this day, our government vowed to fight back and war on Iraq was born. American troops were able to detain multiple people linked to these vicious acts. While in US custody, torture was brought to these individuals.

The detainees that were captured, was being help in Cuba Guantánamo Bay. While in the custody of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), they were being placed in boxes with little ventilation, wounds that were created was not being treated (WILKE, 2005). The treatment of these individuals went against the American way. Under the Bush administration, the torture continued, and these detainees were denied access to the USA judicial system (WILKE, 2005). The Torture Act clearly violates multiple laws in our democracy, the main one that comes to mind is The Rule of Law.

When our founding fathers created the constitution, the rights of the people were important. According to Levinson (2004), sovereignty lays in the hands of the people, but in the time of war it rests in a handful of political officials. This would explain why the Bush administration passed the Torture law, but I cannot help but wonder why did they keep the detainees in Cuba? In America, we uphold certain morals and values which includes treating all equally no matter what. In the judicial system, you are innocent until proven guilty, but if they hold these prisoners in another country these rules don’t apply. In my opinion, our principles should follow us no matter want country we are in. Being a citizen, I felt angry on 9/11/2001 and wanted revenge but not torture. They inflicted terror on us, but are we any better if we inflict terror on them?

September 11, 2001 is one of the worst days the United States woke up to. It continues to haunt us today, but when we seek justice is it okay to torture or treat a human being inhumane? No, its not okay and therefore we have rules in place for our democracy to follow.


Senate, U. S. (2019). Constitution of the United States. Retrieved from AMENDMENTS XIV:

WILKE, C. (2005). War v. Justice: Terrorism Cases, Enemy Combatants, and Political Justice in U.S. Courts. POLITICS & SOCIETY, 637-669.


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