Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Requested Topic About Civil Liberties

A friend and reader sent this to me:

OXFORD, N.C. — Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby's bedroom in his mother's Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. Images of American flags are everywhere – on the bed, on the floor, on the wall.

But according to the United States government, the tenth-grade home-schooler is being held on a criminal complaint that he made a bomb threat from his home on the night of Feb. 15.

Ashton now sits in a juvenile facility in South Bend, Ind. His mother has had little access to him since his arrest. She has gone to her state representatives as well as attorneys, seeking assistance, but, she said, there is nothing she can do.

Lundeby said the USA Patriot Act stripped her son of his due process rights.

"We have no rights under the Patriot Act to even defend them, because the Patriot Act basically supersedes the Constitution," she said. "It wasn't intended to drag your barely 16-year-old, 120-pound son out in the middle of the night on a charge that we can't even defend."

She hasn't been allowed to see him since his arrest? What exactly is the point of that?

If you want to help out, contact info for the North Carolina Attorney General's office is here. Remember this isn't PeachPundit you get extra points for being respectful and polite.


Brett said...

But the Patriot Act is for your protection! It won't ever be used on U.S. citizens!

Remember that one?

Andrew said...

At least they know where he is and he wasn't rendered to Syria or something to be tortured.