Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

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In the hard times of war, the laws and rights are different according to the government. They believe that it will better the people’s lives if they take precautions. Two cases that typify this statement are Schenck v. United States and Korematsu v. United States. Both of these cases happened in times of war, therefore making the government stay on their toes when it came to the people. In the case Schenck v. U.S. (1918), a man named Charles Schenck, a socialist, issued fliers out to servicemen whom had just been drafted into World War I. These fliers essentially wanted the draftees to boycott the war. Schenck believed that the war was promoting “involuntary servitude”, the thirteenth amendment, which had banned slavery. The effect he hoped for would be that the people would come together to promote national unity. As a result Schenck was charged with acts of conspiracy by attempting to cause, essentially, a rebellion within the military. This also violated the Espionage Act. The Espionage Act stated the following: “It deemed a criminal anyone who, ‘when the United States is at war, shall willfully make or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies and whoever when the United States is at war, shall willfully cause or attempt to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of
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