Federal Appeals Court: US Constitution Applies to Everyone, Not Just US CitizensSubmitted by TommyPaine on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:20
A VERY interesting court decision just came out.
How many times have we heard someone say that the Constitution does not apply to anyone who is not a US Citizen (think: Guantanamo, attacking foreign people, etc.).
Well, this case is interesting because it blows that idea out of the water.
A US Border Patrol agent shot and killed a Mexican kid on the Mexico side of the border. He claimed that since (a) it was not on US soil and (b) the victim was not a US Citizen, the Mexican family could not sue him in a US court.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (one step below the US Supreme Court) has held that the US Constitution applies to all people, not just citizens. Furthermore, it extends the geographic jurisdiction beyond US borders for US government employees.
Although this has to do with a border issue, the legal concepts in the ruling are the antithesis of the legal concept the neocons and other tyrannical types want to push.
The implications of this could be huge.