Attorney General Bill Barr Issues DOJ Memo: “The Constitution is Not Suspended in Times of Crisis”…

The U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Bill Barr, has issued a memo (pdf here) citing a needed balance between COVID-19 mitigation efforts and U.S. civil rights under the constitution.  Notably AG Barr identifies both “religious freedom”, and “undue interference with the national economy” within his memo.

[…] “Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected” (citation)

(DOJ pdf Link)

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321 Responses to Attorney General Bill Barr Issues DOJ Memo: “The Constitution is Not Suspended in Times of Crisis”…

  1. Just one is all that it will take.

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  2. Jen says:

    I’m thrilled to see Sundance, who writes beautifully, ask for people to use paragraphs. I just can’t read large blocks. My son who is a researcher writer told me years ago not to post huge blocks as it’s hard to read. That’s all…

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  3. I don’t believe that the mention of the “US Attorney for the Eastern District of MICHIGAN” was just a random coincidence. A shot has just been fired across Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer’s bow.

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  4. Richie says:

    ” We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”

    -Orwell

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  5. jstert says:

    please a.g. barr let’s remember the second amendment too!

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    • Build a burger says:

      Lefties have two policies for guns:
      1 Guns are OK except during crisis
      2 There’s always a crisis

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    • Ken Lawson says:

      Yes, of course the 2nd Amendment is important, but the entire core of American freedom is based on the First Amendment. Nothing is more important. Too many people think a gun is what matters most, but the fact is that if you aren’t allowed to not only say what you think, but to think what you want, then nothing else matters. That’s why the strongest constitutional attorneys always focus on the 1st Amendment as the priority.

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      • Richard says:

        The focus on the 1A by constitutional attorneys is because the legal establishment is leftist and leftists used to support part of the 1A. All you have to do to disprove your statement is to look at the focus on that other part of the 1A, freedom of religion. They are big on driving religion out of the public square but in terms of allowing Christians to have religious freedom-zzzz.

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      • Orygun says:

        Someone needs to explain to me how you pass a Hate speech law which by definition it is barring the first amendment.

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      • clive hoskin says:

        Let us never forget.With-out 2A,you won’t have 1A.

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  6. trapper says:

    And a fifty pound gauntlet crashes down on the table. In other words, “try me.”

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  7. Paul Vincent Zecchino says:

    The phrase, ‘justice pornography’ may as well have been coined to describe Barr’s happy talk.

    Investigations ongoing, indictments just around the corner, one gets a tingly feeling, but nothing ever comes of it.

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  8. hawkins6 says:

    The bitter and destructive political Schism in the USA favors the ChiComs more than ever before during this Cold War version. After the ChiCom’s either deliberately attacked the USA and other competitors with Covid-19 or merely remained mute for months after the scourge had been accidentally released in Wuhan does not alter the harm done it has done to the USA. Did anyone believe China would meekly accept the tariffs and the economic losses in the last trade deal?

    At a very crucial time in US history, only half the nation’s people seem committed to resurrect the US economy back to its former glory and also stall China’s desire for economic control and dominance in the world rather than follow the naive fair trade partnership model. The other half of the US (appx); their entire Dem political machine and their corrupt mass media appear to fully support the enemy for political or personal advantage.

    As instructed, their saboteurs are constantly impeding, mocking, accusing and obstructing the U.S. President’s plans and policies and whenever possible, attempting to sabotage of all of his positive efforts to return the nation to the old normal. They smell election blood and a Trump defeat and will fight hard and dirty just like the last 4 years that began with the infamous Spygate.

    The ChiComs love it.

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    • hawkins6 says:

      Sorry. Didn’t intend to post the above comment here.

      Hopefully, there will be some actual DOJ action that will follow A/G Barr’s well written Memo when it is warranted. It shouldn’t be too difficult to pinpoint the Governors and mayors that are grossly violating the Constitution.

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      • buzzybee says:

        hawkins, I was glad to read your above comment. I think we need to be reminded that our enemies will fight hard and dirty. Pelosi and Schiff have demonstrated their vile behaviors more than once (as an example). We do well to understand our enemies and keep their tactics in mind. Barr’s memo is timely. I hope to make use of it.

        Having said that, there are certainly some state and local officials who have demonstrated great capability for stepping on the toes of civil rights and in some cases the whole foot, not just the toes. But these are things the American sheeple (outside of CTH that is) have needed to see for themselves. Far too many have been sleeping. Or at least catnapping.

        Trump’s 2016 election was awesome, but insufficient for the constitutional awakening that needs to happen from coast to coast (East, West, North, South). We need a constitutional revival. Otherwise our country’s (meaning OUR) devious and vile enemies will devour liberty.

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  9. Bruce_Dern's_Finger says:

    Borrowed from a commenter at another website and doesn’t hurt to mention again as a reminder:

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242
    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.”

    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001

    https://www.justice.gov/crt/deprivation-rights-under-color-law

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  10. WhiteBoard says:

    Here is an example of government or state workers that will uphold the constitution.

    this is just for motiviation.

    Barr wake up sir.

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  11. trapper says:

    And more bad news for the shutdowns. See this legal opinion regarding Governor’s Executive Order ordering shutdowns and all, from the Chief Deputy Director at the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office in Springfield, Illinois:

    “My research leaves me less than confident that a reviewing court will
    hold that the Governor has the authority [to] close businesses, bar attendance at church services
    and assemblies in excess of ten citizens (particularly if they are assembling to redress
    grievances). From a strict enforcement standpoint, although well-intentioned on an
    emergency basis, the EO is very broad and does not appear to meet strict scrutiny – this is not
    to mention the EO appears to be beyond the framework of the specific Act it cites as support.”

    In other words, Pritzker likely had no legal authority to issue his shutdown order and LEOs enforce it at their own legal peril. Uh oh. Back to work?

    Click to access COVID-19-Memo-4.21.20-003.pdf

    Cited here:

    http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2020/04/good-read.html

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    • northwoodswatcher says:

      All these governors ever had the authority to do was ASK. Not a one of them had the power, under the U.S. Constitution, to issue an ORDER. Moreover, even if this was the Soviet Union and they had dictatorial authority, the lockdown makes no sense, from a scientific standpoint. And the data are in on that — whether you locked down or not, the results are very much the same.

      One big reason is that the coronavirus family (colds and flus) are easily communicable and very tiny. Masks don’t work. Vaccines pretty much don’t work either, because cold and flu viruses mutate constantly. That’s why the flu vaccines are often of little or no help.

      What does work is keeping your immune system strong, and that’s why the young don’t (for the most part) contract the disease delivered by the virus. It’s also why the elderly do get it. The partial solution was to isolate folks over 70 who were already in poor health.

      The other part of the solution is the cure, which we’ve known about since 2005, when research showed Hydroxychloroquine was effective in treating SARS.

      So, from legal, scientific, nutrition, and medical standpoints, none of the illegal and idiotic “orders” the demonRAT (and a few RINO) governors have been imposing make sense.

      Not a whit, as in “Nit” Whitmer.

      The ONLY sense that the lockdowns make is in (1) testing how far the communists can push us before we violently push back, and (2) conditioning us to accept lockdowns as reasonable for any and all risks as identified by our communist officialdom at the FDA, CDC, and state health departments — and you’d better believe they’re glorying in their newfound importance. And they’ll keep it up right up till you stick a pitchfork in their face.

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  12. bessie2003 says:

    Wonder if the different State Governor’s decisions to hold mail in primary voting is a breach of the voting rights of individual voters who have relied on the laws of their individual states to determine the process of voting in both primary and general elections.

    If people can go stand in line to enter the grocery store or big-box hardware store, why can’t they go stand in line to vote?

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  13. Congratulations to Clay County Circuit Judge Michael McHaney and Republican Rep. Darren Bailey. I only wish it were a federal judge.

    Bill Barr deserves credit for backing the Mississippi church and this warning today.

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  14. Alli says:

    The Red states will be working while the Blue states implode. Some of these governors are getting just enough rope to hang themselves.

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    • buzzybee says:

      It will be a sight to behold. Since I live in a blue state, I’m hunkering down and waiting. Although there are conservative Rs in our state who do need to get off of their butts and VOTE. And vote with intelligence/understanding of the times. If that happens, perhaps our state would not be as blue as it seems.

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    • LookUp says:

      I live in a blue state and I implore everyone to please let them hang themselves. Do NOT, under any circumstances, interfere with their death march.

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  15. buzzybee says:

    Yes, USA, I think you’re right. But I might point out that the job of holding government officials accountable is the job of we the people, not the job of the President. I’m unsure what all he can do, but since we are supposed to be a constitutional republic of, by, and for the people, We should be working to recall those horrible governors, mayors, etc.

    My hope is these recent lessons will serve to motivate people to return to constitutional self government with representation. We will see.

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  16. stenwin77 says:

    Yawn…. another “sternly worded letter” from AG Barr.

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  17. Mona Taylor says:

    All Governers mask mandates violate the ADA(42 U.S.C. § 12101(2) IMPAIRING SEEING, HEARING, SPEAKING, BREATHING, LEARNING, and WORKING.” (28 C.F.R. 36.104).‬

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  18. Rick says:

    Well, it’s a start….

    How about starting with my civil right to go into buildings without wearing a mask?

    Consider science is not as settled as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx would like you to think. For example, they believe vaccines are the only way to gain herd immunity. But this is belied by evidence occurring right now in Sweden as they are quickly approaching Herd Immunity. And even here in the US it is estimated we’ve already gained herd immunity according to antibody tests. Just think how far we would be had we not shuttered everyone inside their homes?

    Now, it stands to reason that if the science is not settled, then the weight with which draconian quarantines, social distancing, forced mask wearing is much weaker, and clearly cannot be allowed to supersede our civil rights.

    Another example is on one hand Dr. Fauci believes we should hide from the Corona virus, but evidence abounds that avoiding daily pathogens(viruses!) is dangerous to our immune system. Read about the Lykov family for a vivid example.
    smithsonianmag.com/history/for-40-years-this-russian-family-was-cut-off-from-all-human-contact-unaware-of-world-ii-7354256

    Consider the Indians welcoming the Pilgrims here until they started dying in massive numbers because their outdoor lifestyle didn’t produce the enormous number of pathogens brought by civilized Europeans. The Europeans were confronted with them from their birth, starting out life with conferred immunity from their mother’s and taking in the pathogens on a daily basis. Their immune systems built up antibodies to thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of threats over their life spans, and when they showed up on the shores of america and mingled with the friendly indians, the Indians began suffering massive losses of life. Their immune systems were overwhelmed.

    It is our civil right to stay in tune to the pathogenic threats in our society. It is our right to obtain herd immunity through natural means.

    Last of all, I want to point out the Corona virus is a red herring. Dr. Mikovits says the Corona Virus does not cause the disease being called COVID-19.

    According to the Thomas Paine #19 podcast at Truepundit.com, “COVID-19” is the name given to a disease caused by vaccines.

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    • Dixie says:

      Can’t remember who but someone posted this or something like it a couple days ago…..
      C – Certificate
      O – Of
      V – Vaccine
      ID – Identification

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  19. Summer says:

    Dear Attorney General,

    LESS TALKING, MORE DOING PLEASE.

    Signed: non-essential citizen

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