Friday, July 22, 2005
Another One Bites the Dust
Another Amendment to the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution, that is. This time it's the Fourth, "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."
The Fourth Amendment, along with most of the others, has already peen pretty much gutted by the evil "War on Drugs," aka, the War on the Bill of Rights. Narcs come pretty close to having filled out and signed generic search warrants on tear-off pads in their desks and in their cars.
Judges , ignorant of the Constitution or standing in opposition to its meaning, have wrongly ruled that probable cause is no longer needed to justify a search. They've also ruled that requiring the police to be overly specific about the object(s) of their search or the location(s) to be searched is an undue hardship on law enforcement.
The only time an accused can successfully argue to have an illegal search thrown out of court is if the accused is actually guilty of a violent crime against a non-government individual or group.
Now, because of a successful series of terrorist attacks in London, the thugs in New York city government are taking it upon themselves to randomly search bags, baggage and baby carriages of individuals simply trying to use mass transit (big mistake) to get in and out of the city. No profiling, mind you--we have to remain PC--an octogenarian's knitting basket is more likely subject to search as a swarthy young man in a heavy coat during the current heat wave.
Not satisfied with scrutinizing the movement of individuals about the country in airliners, now they're working on checking people out as they move about within the city.
Now, I feel bad for the injured and murdered people of London, and their families and others affected, just like everyone else. I hope the police find all the guilty terrorists that are still alive, and lock 'em away for good.
Random searches--searches without a specific Warrant--are unConstitutional!!
Not only that, but they'll be ineffective.
If a suicide terrorist is carrying explosives with the intention of blowing 'em up on the subway car (or the bus), and is picked by the cops for a look-see, he's just gonna pop it right there. The cops at the checkpoint and everyone there in line and otherwise nearby will be blown up.
I'm not sure what you can do to a guy who's bent on killing himself--and taking as many others as possible with him. Obviously, it has to be done before he straps the dynamite onto himself.
Allow me to suggest that you read The Black Arrow, by Vin Suprynowics. I like the book--I've read it twice and will read it again, soon. It's no literary masterpiece, but it is a warning. It may be a mite late. Visualize urban troopers in body armor setting up surprise checkpoints at random locations around the city, stopping everyone, checking their identification and searching anyone they wish. If you turn a corner into one, then turn away, that in itself is an offense punishable by a hail of bullets. I think we're pretty close to that, now. Read the book.
I'm sure, though, that the destruction of our once-free society is what these killers' leaders want--and they're getting it. In order to fight the radical islamic fundamentalists, we're becoming them. Unless we stop 'em, we'll soon have a United States that more resembles a prison than a free country.
Remember, VOTE FOR NO INCUMBENT!
Posted by Col. Hogan at 7:30 PM