That's a good one.
Tell that to the people of African descent who grew up before the civil rights movement.
They will do with you what they want. According to the Bush cabal's interpretation of the law, we are in a state of emergency. the president has exceptional powers in these exceptional times. Waterboarding? Yes, yes, yessity yes. All they have to say is that you were an "enemy combatant" and you have no rights at all.