Skip to comments.NYP: LIBERTY' LUNACY - ACLU suit on subway searches wastes evryone's time
Posted on 08/05/2005 6:05:42 AM PDT by OESY
So the New York Civil Liberties Union has decided to sue the NYPD on the grounds that subway bag searches are unconstitutional. At first glance, there doesn't seem anything surprising or wrong about such a choice. After all, isn't that what civil-liberties unions are supposed to do?
Well, yes, except nobody even civil-liberties unions is supposed to bring frivolous and harassing lawsuits that clog up the time and energy of those being sued.
There is no way the NYCLU can win this suit, because the Supreme Court has already held, in pretty definitive terms, that these sorts of bag searches are entirely legitimate under the terms of the Fourth Amendment the very amendment that forbids "unreasonable searches and seizures."
Case in point: A sentence in a decision called Indianapolis v. Edmond, decided in 2000. Well before 9/11, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor explicitly stated that "the Fourth Amendment would almost certainly permit an appropriately tailored roadblock set up to thwart an imminent terrorist attack."
What else is a random bag search inside a New York City subway station but an "appropriately tailored roadblock" for a pedestrian using mass transit?...
Now, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and others would argue that, in fact, these random bag searches do not advance the interest of preventing a terrorist attack. They think the fact that those whose bags are checked are chosen at random rather than by ethnic profiling makes these searches pointless....
In a 1987 decision called Griffin vs. Wisconsin, the Court noted that there are "special needs" circumstances that allow the relaxation of an absolute prohibition against police searches and seizures without specific warrants. In this case, the [Supreme] Court [held there] is a 'special need' of the State that may justify departures from the usual warrant and probable-cause requirements."...
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Some Civil Liberties are more important than others.
Trust me on this.
THe ACLU's top leadership wants to destroy the USA.
It always has. Its communist underpinnings have always been the slant...why our government tolerates this seditous organization is beyond comprehension and really represents a double standard upon the people of the US.
I feel very strongly on this matter. If those idiots in the ACLU cause the saftey of my family in any manner whatsoever, I will sue them....
I feel that every American should join together in a law suit against the ACLU in this matter....they are putting our saftey in question by whinning....
So it takes a few extra minutes to board a plane, a subway car, a bus....
I repeat again, if anything happens due to this ACLU crap and anyone in my family is hurt or harmed because of it, I will sue until there is not a ACLU member around!!!!!
Take it to the bank, because it will happen!
What is a waste of time and money is the searches themselves. They will not stop a single attack.
If I was a bomber, and I was stopped (which there is only a small chance of) I would simply refuse to be searched, turn around, and walk ten blocks to the next station. It wouldn't take long before I succeeded.
This is a "feel good" policy designed to cover up the massive failing by the government in securing the nation.
Forts have walls for a reason. It is easier to keep the enemy out than to fight them within.
We should expel all non-citizens from Muslim countries, and halt all immigration from those countries.
The cost of defending ourselves at the border is less than searching every person that travels within the border.
Agreed, but the searches are also a waste of time. No one with a bomb is going to submit to a voluntary search, unless he plans to detonate the bomb right then and there.
> The ACLU is the most successful of Joseph Stalin's front groups in the US, and would be a fossil if not so dangerous.
>Trust me on this.
I have reason to...an ACLUer I know is the biggest Bush-hater/Castro-supporter I've ever met...used to meet with his leftie lawyer pals and hatch plots.
Besides, it prevents them from getting to their favorite coffeeshop.
> We should expel all non-citizens from Muslim countries, and halt all immigration from those countries.
I agree with you, but tragically the people entrusted with protecting us aren't up to speed:
1. Surveillance, bomb sniffing dogs
3. No bags, packpacks on the subway
The unthinkable happens, and there is a great hue and cry.
5. Non-citizen Moooslims are expelled
6. The ACLU sues...
Your statement assumes that the searches as currently carried out will actually improve safety. In fact, something like 3.3 to 4 million passengers a day ride the mass transit system in NYC. A couple of thousand random searches is meaningless. Even if the NYPD were to profile 16 to 40 year old middle eastern looking men, they could only search a small fraction of them who ride the trains, subways, and buses every day. This is a total waste of time and money.
To allow these Leftist lunkheads to sunk under the weight of their own hubris and stupidity is a good idea. What's astonishing is that many people pay serious attention to their machinations and lunatic ravings.
I understand that, but at least they are searching, if the ACLU has it's way, it won't be done at all, neither will profiling, and if you don't profile right now, your stuupid....do you think a 90 year old woman would be carring around a bomb???
I know they won't find alot, but their hands are tied because of Bloomy...can't offend anyone....well good luck, what are you going to do if one of your family is hurt or killed because someone wanted to be PC?????
My only hope is that the court, after dismissing the case, will go a step further and assess attorneys fees and costs against the ACLU for bringing a frivolous lawsuit. There is no excuse, either legal or practical, for this garbage. IMHO.
Islamofascist Civil Liberties Union
I think we need to push our congresscritters to get rid of the legislation that allows our tax dollars to support these jerks. While I'm sure Soros and those of his ilk will continue to funnel $s to them, I see no reason our tax $s should go to them. If they do, then $s should also go to the Thomas Moore Law Center and other orgs that are trying to fight them. I personally don't think that my tax $s should go to either one, but fair is fair.
I was listening to BOR on the radio on the way home last night (it's replayed from earlier in the day). A guy called in and said he was checking the United Way site after 9/11 and about $2-300K of the donations went to the ACLU. Bill said that was the 1st time he heard that and was going to have his staff check it out (asking for all UW records for the past 4 years). He said if it's true, he'd have a story on it on TV, probably Mon night. He also said he was going to be all over the ACLU and start naming it's supporters. Like BOR or not, I must say he's always spoken out against the ACLU and it appears he's going to step that up, which I applaud. I think too many people don't understand the damage this org is doing to our country (though some are finally starting to find out due to their cases against crosses, etc.).
Well then, let the ALCU pay all the suits for wrongful death if anyone ever does anything in the subway.
Besides, bag searchs remove the right to slaughter innocents for Muslims, a precious religious right to them. The ALCU just wants their bretheren to be free.
I understand what you're sayig, but its a waste of time and money. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of dollars in funds that were supposed to be used on top secret "sniffing machines" for the NYC mass transit system remain unspent because the local politicians don't want to follow US Defense Department procurement requirements as a condition for receiving the money. (Translation: The local political whores don't want to follow Defense Department procurement requirements because they won't be able to hand the money out to their friends, relatives, and campaign contributers.)
Well I feel sorry for the people that live in New York with those two lousy senators...neither one has a brain between them...and that stupid Rangel...what a joke....
Course I live in PA. so we don't have it much better....
We certainly have to look at who we put in office, and if they don't deliver then we should vote them out the next election, maybe then, and only then will people get the idea WE THE PEOPLE RUN THE GOVERNMENT; NOT CLINTON, SHUMER, KENNEDY, KERRY, BOXER, POLSKI, REID, ETC
In thos particular case, we also need to blame RINO Pataki and RINO Bruno, who have packed the MTA and Port Authority with hacks and cronies.
Of course, if these searches are unconstitional, I wonder how we got saddled with seatbelt laws, speed limits, any form of gun registration, etc.
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