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Hurricane Katrina and the Bill of Rights
Transcript of Hurricane Katrina and the Bill of Rights
Period 2 Hurricane Katrina and the Bill of Rights My Summary 5th Amendment As a lot of people know about the Hurricane Katrina incident that took a lot of innocent people's life, houses, cars, jobs, etc. Katrina was one of the worst hurricanes the United States has ever had. The hurricane started in the Bahamas and crossed over to Louisiana and Florida where it stroked it's worst. My argument for both sides of the first amendment is between the media and the government. The media wants to show the people what happened with the hurricane and how much damage it caused us and the money it costs us but the government doesn't want the media to show the pictures. The press does have the right to access the disaster area because the 1st amendment says freedom of press so I think the press has the right to be there if they want because they are getting the information and updates about what is going on in the area. The media has the right to publish the pictures from the victims of the hurricane but I don't think they should because your showing the innocent lives that got killed because of a hurricane that came through. 1st Amendment The argument for the 2nd amendment is that can local authorities constitutionally confiscate firearms at storm shelters? Some people say they should because people think that whoever is in charge of the shelters should also be in charge of the weapons because they feel more safe around people they may not know. Others say they shouldn't be able to confiscate the firearms because they have the right to have the weapons if they are old enough. The 2nd amendment states that people have the right to bear arms. 2nd Amendment The argument for the 3rd amendment is it constitutionally for authorities to forcibly remove a citizen from his home or her home because of the danger caused by the storm? State troops think its constitutional because they are just trying to keep the citizens of the U.S. safe and protected but some citizens feel more safe in there own home than they do anywhere else and they have the right where no one may be forced to house soldiers. Forced evacuation is a violation of the people's rights to be secure in their houses because people have the right to not let anybody in their house without a warrant. 3rd Amendment The argument for the 5th amendment is that can damaged or destroyed property be seized using the government's right of eminent domain? Some citizens don't think that it can be seized because that property was theirs and they don't want to give it up but the government does give you payments for that damaged or destroyed property. Yes people are being deprived without due process of their 5th amendment rights because people have the right to stay if they don't want to leave. That's there choice it shouldn't be the governments. 9th Amendment The argument for the 9th Amendment is between the press and the government. The press is violating the right to privacy of family members by publishing pictures of the hurricane victims because not every family wants to see their kid in the media with a picture of them dead or wounded. The government is infringing the public's right to travel freely by making certain areas off limits because if people are supposed to travel freely then they should be able to travel to wherever they want. Their shouldn't be no area's off limits. 6th Amendment The argument for the 7th amendment is between government and the people. The people and the government have to deal with the cases but the people can have a trial by jury which provides a bulwark for the people against the government. The local and state government is going to have to handle the large volume of civil cases that will be arise because of Hurricane Katrina by doing each case one by one until they are all gone and they are going to have to think really hard and focus on these cases harder. 8th Amendment The argument for the 8th Amendment is between the government and the people about cruel and unusual punishment. The government thinks that having no power or clean water in jails is not punishment or cruel, that's just how the place is but some of the people think its cruel because they don't want to drink dirty water because they could think that they could get some kind of diseases with all these new diseases coming out. I think it's not cruel and unusual if people are in prison for life or have the death penalty because they messed up getting their selves in that situation anyways. Overcrowding of other area jails isn't cruel and punishment because they are all in there for something they wasn't supposed to be doing so that's on them if they are overcrowding. 7th Amendment The argument for the 6th Amendment is between the court and the people. The people have the right to have a speedy trial but some of the trials have been postponed by the courts. I think this is a violation of the right to a speedy trial because some people have to wait to have a speedy trial if their trial is postponed for period of time. 10th Amendment The argument for the 10th Amendment is between the state and the people. All powers of the cases are left for the state to take care/decide because of the disaster that happened in that state so they get the right to be in charge and have more power. The people have less power but they still have the rights that they have of being a U.S. citizen. The federal government is the level of government responsible for the disaster recovery efforts. The authorities responsible for removing individuals from the disaster stricken areas is the national guard, state and local police, and Red Cross. Role and Influence? After the massive Hurricane Katrina flood in New Orleans the state had prepositioned enough food and water to supply 15,000 citizens with supplies for three days. 120,000 people were without homes and the state was trying to help them out so they could get there homes and try to get everything back to them. This flood influenced the government to help everybody that still remained in the state at the time by taking the people to a shelter/home until everything got cleaned up and back to normal. Current Event Summary The president sent troops to New Orleans so that they could help the people that lost all or most of the stuff in the hurricane. They helped them build their homes, jobs, restaurants, etc. They helped them get back up on their feet so that they can get things to go back to how they used to be. 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