Why MAC helped do away with the 5th Amendment
Simply put, the military has never been held to this standard. It has always been exempted from the 5th Amendment.
But for MAC to give Ryders a proper ethics test, it required the 5th Amendment to be removed entirely.
The rich thought it a great idea for the poor and middle-class. If those people were guilty of something, they didn’t want them to be hiding behind a wall of silence. So the 5th Amendment was struck down for all of the Americas, except for a caveat that any person classified with high importance to the well-being of the country (Translation: The very wealthy) would maintain the right of silence, be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, and could only be judged by true peers in a private court of law. Nor would any findings be disclosed to the general public.
Here’s the original 5th Amendment:
And check out the excerpt below when DC tries to plead the fifth
By Liza O’Connor
Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger. While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrests the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her. But first, he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
Meet MAC: The Artificial Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value.
But…the SkyRyders remain a male-dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?
“You missed our meeting, sir,” DC complained.
“I am two minutes late for our meeting, Captain. Were you going somewhere?”
“I’m going into town. This is my day off, sir.”
“No, it’s not. I canceled your day off. Had you stepped a foot out of this compound, you’d be in the brig now. Put your gear down and get into my office.”
“There’s no point, sir. I’ve retained an advocate, and he has advised me to decline the interview.”
“And where did you get this advocate? From one of your porn sites? Because he isn’t a very good one. You don’t have the right to decline the interview, Captain.”
“I’ll only plead the fifth if you persist in interviewing me.”
Logan sighed. “Sometimes I feel like you’ve come from the past. There is no fifth anymore. MAC did away with it five years ago!”
DC eye’s rounded at Logan’s proclamation. “That’s not true, sir—the fifth amendment is part of our constitution.”
“Tell you what, then. You sit down and try pleading the fifth. See where it gets you.”
Logan took his time setting up the bio measures. He sensed the delay worsened DC’s nerves and unsettled the bastard.
When the computer indicated all was a go, he read DC the standard warning. “All questions must be answered truthfully. Failure to comply will result in the immediate loss of rank. Do you understand the ramifications of not telling the complete truth?”
Logan decided to play hardball from the beginning. He wanted the bastard’s ranking stripped.
“On the night of September eighteenth, did you enter the gear room and make small seam incisions in Trainee Kane’s wind-catcher?”
“That’s not relevant to this inquiry, sir.”
“It’s not your call to decide what is relevant. The program has not rejected the question, so you are required to answer it truthfully.”
“I plead the fifth, sir.”
“That is not an answer.”
“I plead the fifth, sir,” he repeated.
Logan asked him several other questions, and again the fifth was taken. Finally, after the fourth question not answered, the program halted the interview. Logan smiled as he read MAC’s orders. He printed the document and cheerfully signed his name.
“Donald Campbell, you are immediately stripped of your rank and demoted to private third class. An appointment has been scheduled for you at the MAC lab on October fifteenth. If you fail to present yourself at this time, you will be classified as AWOL/code red. Do you understand the penalty if you fail to present yourself on October fifteenth to the MAC lab for evaluation?”
“I didn’t answer untruthfully.”
“You were required to answer, and that answer was to be truthful.” Logan smiled at him. “Do you understand the penalty if you do not present yourself to the MAC lab for evaluation?”
The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
Sci-Fi Soap Opera with humor, romance, and science
Artificial Intelligence Series
The SkyRyders Series
Scavenger Falters-coming 2017
Scavenger Vanishes-coming 2017