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  • Former Director admits TSA is violating the Fourth Amendment; Woman groped by TSA screener

    11/18/2010 7:38:36 PM PST · by freedomfox · 15 replies · 1+ views
    kevinpezzi.com ^ | 11-18-2010 | Kevin Pezzi
    Mo McGowan, a former Assistant TSA Administrator and Director of Security Operations, admitted the TSA is violating the 4th Amendment. On Fox News, he said, “Nobody likes having their 4th Amendment violated going through a security line, but the truth of the matter is, uh, we're gonna have to do it.”
  • Small Manhood Jokes Lead to Miami TSA Officer's Arrest (Flashback!)

    11/18/2010 7:52:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    A Miami Transportation Security Administration screener was arrested this week after allegedly using an expandable police baton to beat up a co-worker in an airport parking lot. The TSA considers what to do about airport security.The reason for the assault: police said the victim and other TSA employees had been making fun of the size of the screener's genitals.
  • Woman who videotaped officer found guilty of resisting arrest (Police State alert)

    09/07/2010 11:06:10 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Salisbury Post ^ | September 7, 2010 | Shavonne Potts
    A Salisbury woman who was arrested in November 2009 after she refused a police officer’s order to go into her house while he was making a traffic stop nearby was found guilty Friday of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. She had been videotaping the traffic stop. Rowan County District Court Judge Beth Dixon found Felicia Laverne Gibson, 29, guilty and sentenced her to six months of probation and community service work. Gibson, through her attorney Jacob Sussman, of Charlotte, gave notice of appeal. Dixon found Gibson had interfered with the officer’s ability to do his job as he dealt...
  • Sheriff's deputies' disdain for Constitution captured by their own recorded comments

    07/25/2010 1:50:04 PM PDT · by Palter · 57 replies · 4+ views
    CCNA ^ | 20 July 2010 | DANIEL BLACKBURN
    When San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Murphy responded to a “shots fired” call in April 2008, he decided en route that he was going to make an arrest.      He did far more than that. Murphy and other deputies made an unwarranted entry into a home, and then into a locked gun safe.  Murphy's uncensored, darkly disturbing observations and behavior following his Code-3 arrival at the rural home of longtime SLO County resident Matt Hart were picked up by Murphy's and other deputies’ own recorders. Those recordings provide a rare, frighteningly revealing, behind-the-scenes perspective of how one local...
  • Study Finds "Policing for Profit" a National Problem

    04/15/2010 12:56:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,082+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Tanya Eiserer
    So how easy is it for police to take your stuff? Well, according to a new study by the libertarian-leaning Institute for Justice, it looks to be about as simple as taking candy from a baby. The study details how police and prosecutors can take private property without even charging the owners with a crime. Often, law enforcement uses the profits from selling the property to fund their own budgets. According to the study, called "Policing for Profit," many state and federal civil asset forfeiture laws allow law enforcement entities to take property related to suspected criminal activity. The owners...
  • Stabbing Case Brings Broader Argument to Light (Fourth Amendment)

    03/14/2010 1:19:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 643+ views
    The Daily Sound ^ | March 12, 2010 | COLBY FRAZIER
    When Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies kicked down Juan Elijio Magallon’s door on the morning of May 23, 2009, the authorities lacked a search warrant, didn’t have probable cause and were in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Superior Court Judge Rick Brown ruled last week. By making this finding, Brown unleashed a much larger question that was grappled with yesterday in court: if the police illegally kick down a person’s door, what bits of information gathered as a result should be allowed to stand? The case has shed light on the breadth, or lack thereof, of...
  • Obama's Fourth Amendment--Confiscation Smonfiscation

    03/02/2010 8:56:48 PM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 9 replies · 392+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 3/2/10 | Nancy Tengler
    Here's what I want to know. It's simple really. I would like someone who voted for Barack Obama to explain how his policies jive with the Constitution. Particularly I need to understand how the proposed health care bill and the corresponding taxes imposed on citizen's (well some of us anyway) don't infringe on my fourth amendment rights. For those of you who haven't read the Constitution (and I would venture that is most of Obama's supporters) the fourth amendment reads as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches...
  • Carry, Opened - Fourth Amendment victory

    01/18/2010 2:09:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,926+ views
    Reason ^ | January 2010 | Brian Doherty
    In June 2008, off-duty Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew St. John was searched and detained for carrying a holstered gun in a movie theater in Alamogordo, New Mexico. But open carry is legal in New Mexico, so St. John sued the city, arguing that it had violated his Fourth Amendment rights. A federal court agreed, and in September 2009 the City of Alamogordo paid him $21,000 in damages and legal fees. The officers who detained St. John claimed they were acting in their legitimate role as “community caretakers” when they grabbed him by both arms and physically removed him from...
  • OBAMA UNLEASHES INTERNATIONAL COPS ON UNITED STATES

    01/12/2010 6:50:56 PM PST · by JLWORK · 29 replies · 1,615+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog ^ | January 3, 2010 | John L. Work
    I spent twenty-two years serving in the Colorado criminal justice arena. I worked as a municipal police patrolman, a police detective, a patrol sergeant, and as a uniformed county sheriff’s deputy and detective. Following twenty years as a cop, I also spent two years on the other side of the Courtroom as an Investigator for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. So, I saw crime and punishment from both sides of the Courtroom. I spent my share of time at crime scenes gathering facts and evidence, then in Courts of Law, presenting the evidence and testifying under oath in trials....
  • Courts to Hear Appeal of Christians Who Want to Exclude Gays In Their Religious Student Group

    12/07/2009 11:07:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 1,126+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/7/2009 | David G. Savage
    Washington - The Supreme Court agreed today to hear an appeal from a Christian student group in San Francisco which refused to admit gays and lesbians and decide whether the group's right to religious liberty and freedom of association can trump a university's ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case, to be heard next year, could set new rules for campus groups across the nation. The University of California's Hastings College of Law says its officially recognized student groups must be open to all of its students. The law school also has a general non-discrimination policy which applies...
  • Alaska-carry legislation, be careful what you wish for

    12/02/2009 4:27:18 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 26 replies · 1,151+ views
    Cheyenne Gun Rights Examiner ^ | November 30, 2009 | Anthony Bouchard
    Not only should we be careful in what we wish for, but we should be ever so diligent when drafting pro gun legislation. One of the greatest evils against the Bill of Rights is legislation that doesn't pass the constitutional test. This can happen even when the legislators have the best of intentions. Alaska police officers regularly disarm law abiding citizens, taking their firearms and running the serial numbers through the system. This in itself is a violation of the “fourth amendment”. No surprise here, officers that have taken an oath to uphold the constitution are regularly breaking this same...
  • It's a setup

    09/11/2009 1:22:31 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 46 replies · 2,625+ views
    Examiner ^ | September 11, 2009 | John Pierce
    But can law enforcement themselves be entrapped? That seems to be the extraordinary claim of the Racine, Wisconsin police department in the case of an open carrier who was arrested for obstructing justice after he apparently refused to identify himself when officers began questioning him for open carrying on the porch of his own home. The facts are still emerging, but reports seem to agree that officers were in the neighborhood where Frank Rock lives on Wednesday night investigating the shooting of one or more raccoons. While in the neighborhood, officers noticed that Rock, sitting peacefully on his front porch,...
  • DOT Removes Cash for Clunkers Disclaimer

    08/08/2009 8:20:29 AM PDT · by Crush · 16 replies · 1,877+ views
    International Analyst Network ^ | 7 Aug 2009 | Chris Carter
    The Federal government's “Cash-for-clunkers” program provides assistance to consumers wishing to trade in their older vehicle for a newer, more fuel-efficient vehicle. But the program's website contained language in a security warning that stated by agreeing to the terms, the user's computer and all of its files would become government property. Last Friday, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck brought attention to the disclaimer on the Cars.gov dealer support page, which originally stated: “When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government. Any or all uses of...
  • Supreme Court rules school's strip search of teen Savana Redding unconstitutional

    06/27/2009 9:37:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,491+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 25th 2009 | James Gordon Meek
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a strip search of a 13-year-old schoolgirl by administrators looking for banned medication was unconstitutional.The high court held in the 8 to 1 opinion that a male assistant school principal in Arizona and a female nurse violated student Savanna Redding's rights when they ordered her to partially undress in a fruitless search for a tiny amount of Ibuprofen pain relief pills.Only Justice Clarence Thomas dissented in the "regrettable decision" by the majority, reveling in the details of the teen drama.The conservative justice even questioned whether Redding was really strip-searched - arguing that...
  • Court says strip search of Ariz. teenager illegal

    06/25/2009 8:44:32 AM PDT · by steve-b · 16 replies · 1,019+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/25/09 | Jesse J. Holland
    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a school's strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said school officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding in the rural eastern Arizona town of Safford. Redding, who now attends college, was 13 when officials at Safford Middle School ordered her to remove her clothes and shake out her underwear because they were looking for pills - the equivalent of two Advils. The district bans prescription and over-the-counter drugs and the school was acting on a tip from...
  • Step Away From the Vehicle - The Supreme Court imposes long-overdue limits on car searches.

    04/29/2009 8:05:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,805+ views
    Reason ^ | April 29, 2009 | Jacob Sullum
    In August 1999 police saw Rodney Gant pull into the driveway of his Tucson home and arrested him for driving with a suspended license. After handcuffing Gant and locking him in a cruiser, Officer Todd Griffith searched his car, finding a bag of cocaine in the pocket of a jacket on the backseat. When he was asked at an evidentiary hearing why he searched the car, Griffith replied, "Because the law says we can do it."Not anymore. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court said police may no longer routinely search the vehicles of recently arrested people. It was a refreshing...
  • Supreme Court Limits Search-Incident-to-Arrest Exception.

    04/21/2009 9:14:39 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 83 replies · 6,773+ views
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 04-21-2009 | Orin Kerr
    The Supreme Court handed down Arizona v. Gant this morning, imposing a new limitation on the search incident to arrest power when the police want to search an automobile. Under New York v. Belton, the rule has been that the police can search the passenger area of a car when they arrest an occupant or recent occupant of the vehicle. Today, in a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court added a new limitation: The police can search a car following arrest only if they could have a reasonable belief 1) that the person arrested "could have accessed his car at...
  • Do police have the right to confiscate your camera?

    01/26/2009 7:36:02 AM PST · by BGHater · 64 replies · 2,562+ views
    Carlos Miller ^ | 21 Jan 2009 | Carlos Miller
    Seconds after BART police officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, police immediately began confiscating cell phones containing videos that have yet to see the light of day. In fact, the only videos that have been seen by the public were filmed by people who managed to leave the scene before police confronted them.In one instance, police chased after Karina Vargas after she stepped on the train, banging on the window after the doors closed and demanding her to turn over the camera. The train sped away with Vargas still holding her camera.Her video, which did not show the...
  • US supreme court rules evidence admissible despite police error

    01/20/2009 6:21:40 PM PST · by SecAmndmt · 23 replies · 929+ views
    The Guardian ^ | January 14, 2009 | Daniel Nasaw
    The United States Supreme Court today ruled that jurors may hear evidence discovered in a search based on faulty information in a police computer database. The court ruled that the US constitution's protections against unreasonable search and seizure do not exclude evidence gained through "isolated negligence" where there is no evidence of police wrongdoing.
  • Laptop searches at border might get restricted

    12/08/2008 11:22:09 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 594+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | December 08, 2008 | Joelle Tessler
    Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems Inc., travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the U.S. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage. Border agents have scrutinized family pictures on Shommo's digital camera, examined Koranic verses and other audio files on his iPod and even looked up Google keyword searches he had typed into his company laptop. "They literally searched everywhere and every device they could," said Shommo, who now minimizes what he takes on international trips and...