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  • (IN State) Supreme Court Reaffirms Ruling In Officer Resistance Case

    09/20/2011 12:41:36 PM PDT · by FunkyZero · 128 replies
    http://www.theindychannel.com ^ | 12:49 pm EDT September 20, 2011 | WRTV
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday reaffirmed its earlier ruling in a controversial case involving unlawful police entry. The court granted a rehearing, then supplied a five-page opinion on its May 12 opinion that declared that Hoosiers no longer had a legal right to resist police officers who enter their home without a legal basis to do so.
  • Local police officer lauded for saving Belle Vernon woman

    08/28/2011 9:19:32 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 5 replies
    Herald Standard ^ | 08/28/2011 | Josh Krysak
    An area police officer has received a commendation for meritorious duty after he saved the life of a Belle Vernon woman last month. Southwest Regional police Chief John D. Hartman said Lt. John Loughner received the commendation for saving a 50-year-old Belle Vernon woman at her Main Street residence. According to Hartman, Loughner responded to a call shortly after 8 p.m. July 10 to check on the well being of the woman at her Main Street home. When he arrived, Hartman said Loughner heard moaning and gurgling sounds coming from inside her residence but the door was locked. Fearing for...
  • Vile (internet spying bill)

    08/03/2011 9:04:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Advice Goddess Blog ^ | August 3, 2011 | Amy Alkon
    The House Judiciary Committee just approved a bill (H.R. 1981) requiring Internet service providers to spy on their users and retain 12 months of data -- data that could be used to identify where you surf and what you post online. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, quoting their Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston: The data retention mandate in this bill would treat every Internet user like a criminal and threaten the online privacy and free speech rights of every American, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have recognized. Requiring Internet companies to redesign and reconfigure their systems to...
  • The Politics of Universal Criminality

    07/29/2011 4:18:03 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 9 replies
    The Statesman Sentinel ^ | 29-July-2011 | Tim Dunkin
    ...John Whitehead has written a great article about one particular manifestation of this – the VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams that the TSA is using more and more. These teams, paramilitary in nature, form the nucleus of the “expanded role” that the TSA leadership envisions for its agency. This involves extending the reach of TSA interventions and checkpoints beyond airports to other transportation-related entities, such as buses, trains, and even our highway system itself (as this article demonstrates is already starting to happen), with an eventual “goal” of “fighting terrorism” by establishing security checkpoints at all “soft targets,”...
  • Police to begin iPhone iris scans amid privacy concerns

    07/21/2011 5:11:58 AM PDT · by Ratman83 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 20, 201 | Zach Howard
    Dozens of police departments nationwide are gearing up to use a tech company's already controversial iris- and facial-scanning device that slides over an iPhone and helps identify a person or track criminal suspects.
  • Federal Court Rules That TSA ‘Naked Scans’ Are Constitutional

    07/17/2011 6:38:06 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 110 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 15, 2011 12:13pm | Kashmir Hill
    Last weekend, a Tennessee woman was arrested at the Nashville airport for disorderly conduct after she refused TSA security measures for her children. The woman didn’t want her two children to have to go through a whole-body-imaging scanner. When a Transportation Security Administration officer told her the machines were safe, she said, “I still don’t want someone to see our bodies naked.” She won’t be pleased with a ruling then out of the D.C. Circuit today. This morning, the federal court ruled that the “naked scans” of air travelers do not violate Americans’ constitutional rights. Privacy rights group EPIC had...
  • Washington Attempts to Make us All Culpable for Online Child Pornography

    07/12/2011 1:31:16 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 35 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | 07/12/2011 | Matt Welch
    Have you heard about The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011? It's the latest in a l-o-n-g line of just terrible bills proposed to calm (though never quite eliminate) the fears of middle-aged people about what that scary Internet might potentially do to Our Children. There's a hearing on the legislation taking place as we speak. Here's Cato's Jim Harper: It's got everything: porn, children, the Internet. And it's got everything: financial services providers dragooned into law enforcement, data retention requirements heaped on Internet service providers, expanded "administrative subpoena" authority. (Administrative subpoenas are an improvisation to accommodate the...
  • TSA denies having required a 95-year-old woman to remove diaper

    06/27/2011 7:38:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/27/11 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- The Transportation Security Administration has denied that its agents required a 95-year-old woman to remove her adult diaper last week before allowing her to pass a screening checkpoint at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. "While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner," the agency said Sunday night in a statement. "We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally, according to proper procedure and did not require this passenger to remove an adult...
  • Dying Woman Undergoes Additional TSA Security Screening, Says Family

    06/26/2011 3:26:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 130 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2011
    An elderly woman in the late-stages of leukemia was forced to undergo 45 minutes of additional screenings last Saturday when she tried to board a flight out of Northwest Florida Regional Airport, her daughter told FoxNews.com Lena Reppert, 95, was to say her final goodbyes to her daughter before she made what would most likely be her last flight to her native Michigan. After eight years of battling leukemia, doctors say she doesn’t have much time to live. “She said she wanted to be closer to her grave,” Jean Weber, her daughter, told FoxNews.com. “I knew it would probably...
  • Rick Perry vs. TSA

    06/14/2011 2:20:13 PM PDT · by jbwilson · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/14/2011 | The Washington Times
    It’s now up to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to rescue the nation’s travelers from the indignity of x-rated airport screening at the hands of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). On Tuesday, a state House of Representatives committee is scheduled to consider revised legislation holding blue-gloved bureaucrats criminally liable for grabbing the private parts of passengers without probable cause or consent. For the measure to proceed further, however, Mr. Perry would have to formally add it to the list of bills considered during the special session now under way.
  • SWAT Use – There’s Something Happening Here…

    06/13/2011 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 30 replies
    A dear friend of mine described the horrific scene at her daughter’s home when a SWAT team emerged – based on a false report. A portion of the story is documented here: "On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, a West Virginia family sat in their living room watching “Deadliest Catch” when a very loud thump was heard at their front door. The children, as previously trained by their parents, immediately fled to their designated safe spot. The young children knew something was very wrong when they heard a sound like that at their front door at that time of night. When...
  • Unlawful Police Entry Ruling Could Be Reconsidered (Indiana)

    06/10/2011 8:01:14 AM PDT · by Abathar · 42 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | 06/10/2011 | uncredited
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Supreme Court may reconsider its ruling that eliminates the right of homeowners to resist unlawful police entry into their homes. The attorney for Richard Barnes, whose criminal case in Vanderburgh County led to the court ruling last month, filed a formal petition for a rehearing Thursday. Barnes' attorney argues the ruling violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. "We believe however that a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence," part of the petition read. The court issued its controversial...
  • SWAT Team Raids Man's Home Over Student Loans

    06/08/2011 8:54:30 AM PDT · by RIghtwardHo · 92 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 6-8-2011 | RightwardHo
    "Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday."
  • title:Video: SWAT team raids house over … unpaid student loans

    06/08/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Via JWF and Reason, we now present this instructional video from the Department of Education. Now that the government has for all practical pruposes nationalized the student-loan industry, the DoE would like to educate recipients on new loan-collection processes. The banks used to send bill collectors and file claims in court, but the Obama administration doesn’t like those kind of harsh private-sector measures to retrieve lost capital. Instead, they’ll send a SWAT team to kick in your door and frighten your children — even if you don’t live with them anymore: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Kenneth Wright does...
  • Texas TSA pat down ban may be back

    06/03/2011 6:57:29 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/2/11 | Keith Laing
    Texas lawmakers may reconsider a bill to outlaw controversial airport pat-downs, the sponsor of legislation that was shelved recently said this week. Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R) said that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst asked Gov. Rick Perry to include the measure in a special session of the Texas legislature. Dewhurst reported asked lawmakers to withdraw the bill when federal officials threatened to cancel flights to Texas if it passed. But he has since had a change of heart, Simpson told fans on his Facebook page. "The Lt. Gov. sent a letter to Gov. Perry asking him to include...
  • Willowick SWAT team called to home [for his own good]

    05/31/2011 2:43:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies · 1+ views
    News-Hearald ^ | 31 May 2011 | Tracey Read
    Willowick police responded this morning to a SWAT situation at a home in the 200 block of East 330th Street. A woman called officers at 2:20 a.m. saying she had a disagreement with her boyfriend, who had walked to his home nearby. “He kind of indicated to her that he was going to kill himself with a gun,” Willowick Police Chief Michael Lazor said. “He had a CCW permit and his girlfriend thought he had assault weapons. There was concern he might be suicidal.” Around 4:15 a.m., Emergency Response Team negotiators were called out to the scene. Police repeatedly attempted...
  • Justices asked to review ruling; Attorney general opposes decision on police searches

    05/21/2011 5:40:57 AM PDT · by John W · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | May 21, 2011 | Niki Kelly
    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Friday joined the chorus of Hoosiers protesting a controversial Fourth Amendment ruling recently decided by the Indiana Supreme Court. Zoeller released a statement saying he will support a rehearing of the case due to concerns that the court ruled too broadly when it found citizens have no right under common law to reasonably resist police who unlawfully enter their homes. The Barnes v. State ruling came last week and was the first major opinion penned by Justice Steven David – Gov. Mitch Daniels’ appointment. “We believe however that a right to resist...
  • Court Rules Law Abiding May NOT Resist Police Who ILLEGALLY ENTER THEIR HOMES!

    05/19/2011 12:23:21 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 22 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | May 19, 2011 | Doug Book , staff writer
    It seems that law abiding homeowners no longer enjoy 4th Amendment rights in the State of Indiana. Thanks to the May 12th decision of three robed assassins of liberty on the state Supreme Court, 800 years of common law dating back to the Magna Carta have been discarded. Speaking for this majority of judicial prostitutes, "Justice" Steven David said, "If a police officer wants to enter a home, for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry." Of course the now defunct 4th Amendment says otherwise: "The right of the people...
  • School Wants To Allow Bus Drivers To Search Students (Indiana, again)

    05/19/2011 6:43:52 AM PDT · by Abathar · 20 replies
    AP/theindychannel.com ^ | May 19, 2011 | uncredited
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- A western Indiana school district wants to give its bus drivers the authority to search students for weapons or drugs. The Tribune-Star reported that a Vigo County School Corp. proposal would allow the drivers to search a student and the student's belongings if there is an immediate threat of harm or danger to those on the bus.
  • Trying to be Optimistic Post King Vs Kentucky Reasons to be optimistic

    05/17/2011 6:38:53 AM PDT · by Gus221 · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05-17-2011 | David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
    Reporting from Washington— The Supreme Court gave police more leeway to break into homes or apartments in search of illegal drugs when they suspect the evidence otherwise might be destroyed. Ruling in a Kentucky case Monday, the justices said that officers who smell marijuana and loudly knock on the door may break in if they hear sounds that suggest the residents are scurrying to hide the drugs. Residents who "attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame" when police burst in, said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for an 8-1 majority. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-search-20110517,0,6746878.story