IV. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
February 11, 2013
- The Constitution repealed in ten states
I doubt you'll find it surprising that I pay pretty regular attention to this sort of thing. And yet I hadn't heard of this particular "little" infringement until now. Why not? I suspect it's because the administration knew exactly the kind of reaction I—and decent Americans everywhere—would have. Next? How about we make damned sure every member of Congress knows about it? I'm not foolish enough to believe that some will care a whole lot, but for those who do, at least some noise might finally be made!
February 7, 2013
- Pot Plans: Efforts Surge in Congress to Reform Marijuana Laws
The "War on Drugs" has repeatedly infringed on various and sundry Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights since the government first ratcheted up its continuously failing effort (don't get me started on how the ultimate answer to a large part of the problem is to secure our borders). But perhaps the most ill-advised segment of that so-called war involves marijuana laws, for which we can thank a puritanical Nixon administration. It's high time (no pun intended) that these laws were revisited and that marijuana properly classified as being comparable to alcohol rather than heroin!
February 4, 2013
- NYPD Muslim Spying Program Violates Handschu Rules, Say Civil Rights Lawyers
As much as I tend to think the police, particularly the NYPD, tend to go overboard, this isn't one of those cases. Whether the Muslim population of New York likes it or not—whether you and I like it or not—publicly accessible means the police can go there, too, wherever that might be. I'd feel differently if they were engaging in GPS tracking, wiretaps, or the like, but they aren't (at least not according to this article).
January 28, 2013
- Aaron Toby wins battle in lawsuit against the TSA
This young patriot offered up a virtually perfect protest against the violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. He committed no crime, engaged in no violence, was not disruptive to other passengers, and yet made his point crystal clear. Obviously, the TSA didn't much care for it and took action accordingly. Toby has finally been vindicated; we can only hope that vindication stands as tall and as firm as he did!
January 23, 2013
- NYPD Commissioner says department will begin testing a new high-tech device that scans for concealed weapons
Political thriller author Brad Thor (who's noted for his exhaustive research and the resulting true-to-life novels) calls this "total surveillance" right out of his latest best seller. I agree, and I suspect the two of us are equally appalled.