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  • Manhunt leads to massive roadblock, warrantless car-to-car searches

    03/16/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    Police State USA ^ | March 15, 2014 | PSUSA
    ROCKVILLE, MD — Thousands of motorists were brought to a standstill when police conducted a massive roadblock to find three crime suspects. Twelve lanes of traffic were shut down and swarms of armed government agents combed through a giant traffic jam performing warrantless vehicle-to-vehicle searches. The busy Tuesday morning commute was abruptly halted just after 10:00 a.m. on March 11th. One driver told ABC News that traffic stopped and he witnessed 30 police cars pass on the shoulders of I-270 near Rockville. “Then, when I saw a wall of police officers with automatic weapons approaching our cars, it was apparent...
  • Annals of the Security State: More Airplane Stories

    05/22/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 21, 2013 | James Fallows
    Annals of the Security State: More Airplane Stories James Fallows May 21 2013 "My dad fought a war so this can never happen in America. I will not dishonor my father's memory by giving up what he fought for. No, sir. With all due respect, I will not consent to a search without a proper warrant." Over the weekend I related the story of Gabriel Silverstein, a businessman and pilot who for no apparent reason was subjected to a two-hour detention and invasive search by Homeland Security officials as he traveled across the country in his small plane. The picture...
  • Has Watertown Made Warrantless Searches The "New Normal"?

    04/25/2013 1:54:02 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 25, 2013 | Bob Parks
    The whole notion of the police "manhunt" is not a new American phenomenon. Cops chase bad guys, cops corner bad guys. Sometimes the bad guys give up quietly, sometimes they go down in a blaze of glory. But we've always had rules of engagement when it came to law enforcement interaction with the general public.
  • Boston's Door-to-Door Searches Weren't Illegal, Even Though They Looked Bad

    04/22/2013 10:54:14 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 160 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | Apr 22, 2013 | Philip Bump
    There were two components to last week's shelter-in-place request in Watertown, Massachusetts. The first was a request that people not to leave home. The second was a door-to-door search by heavily armed law enforcement officials. Those are two very different things, with different implications. But neither was illegal.
  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds Practice of Mass Student Searches & Random Lockdowns

    03/08/2013 2:39:47 PM PST · by illiac · 9 replies
    Rutherford Institute ^ | 3/8/13 | Rutherford Institute
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— In a ruling issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Burlison v. Springfield Public Schools, the court deemed a Missouri school district’s policy of imposing a “lockdown” of the school for the purpose of allowing the local sheriff’s department, aided by drug-sniffing dogs, to perform mass inspections of students’ belongings to be a “reasonable procedure to maintain the safety and security of students at the school,” and not a violation of the Fourth Amendment rights of students. Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute had challenged the school district’s practice of conducting random lockdowns and...
  • Washington gun bill includes annual home inspections

    02/18/2013 9:58:18 AM PST · by cap10mike · 20 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 18, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    December’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted lawmakers across the country to propose stringent gun laws. Washington state legislators now say maybe they’ve gone too far. Washington’s SB 5737 – 2013-14, introduced Feb.13 by three Seattle Democrats, like many similar bills, includes an outright assault weapons ban. Individuals already possessing an assault weapon are “allowed” to retain them, but with the proviso that the owners submit themselves to annual police home inspections. “They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away,” said Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal to...
  • Criminal Sexual Assault – Women Suing State Troopers Over Roadside Cavity Searches

    12/21/2012 5:03:49 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 20, 2012 | Sundance
    TEXAS - Two Irving women are suing two Texas State troopers and the director of the Department of Public Safety after they say they were violated, during what they call an unconstitutional search, when they were subjected to a roadside cavity search in full view of the public and without probable cause. On July 13, while driving along State Highway 161, Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs were stopped for littering by Trooper David Ferrell. In the dashcam video released by the women and their attorney, Ferrell can be heard telling the women they would both be cited for...
  • TSA Conducting Random Searches on US Highways

    05/11/2012 6:34:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 247 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/9/12 | Survivalist Forum
    guess Alex Jones is still crazy?? He has been talking about this for months. Bend over and take it America. Don't be upset, this is all done in love and it is all for freedom! Everyone lets sing the Sean Hannity song together...let freedom ring, let the white dove sing...." I love freedom!
  • Supreme Court Rules that Warrants Needed for GPS Tracking (Scalia writes 4th amendment ruling!)

    01/23/2012 9:47:35 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 99 replies
    DCist ^ | 1/23/12 | Martin Austermuhl
    In a case that stemmed from an investigation by D.C. police and the FBI of a local drug dealer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that police across the country need a warrant if they want to track suspects using GPS monitors. In the ruling, which was written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court found that even though the case involved a GPS unit that was attached to a car that was out in the open, it still constituted a "search" under the language of the Fourth Amendment: It is important to be clear about what occurred in this...
  • From Planes To Trains: TSA Expands Spot Searches To Union Station

    12/28/2011 5:06:48 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 41 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | December 27th, 2011 | Staff
    An all-too-familiar sight at LAX and the rest of the nation’s airports will soon be coming to the city’s busiest train station. KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports rail passengers have started seeing Transportation Security Administration on patrol at Union Station on a more frequent basis. As many as 25 VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention & Response) teams began patrolling train stations nationwide last summer conducting an estimated 9,300 “suspicionless” spot searches of travelers. The agency has said the presence of officers with explosive detection dogs, radiation monitors and other devices will act as a deterrent in the nation’s busiest travel hubs.
  • Committee Searches for Economic 'Tipping Point'; Prefer Not to Find It

    09/24/2011 9:41:42 AM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | September 20, 2011 | Jim Angle
    "We know that the debt is now 100 percent -- approximately 100 percent of (gross domestic product)," said Allan Meltzer, a professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "That doesn't include the unfunded liabilities. It doesn't include (mortgage lenders)Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It doesn't include a number of other things." Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, argues that U.S. debt is so far out of control that it must be contained soon. "We've had five trillion (in) deficit spending since 2008, the most enormous sort...
  • Coming to an NFL stadium near you: “Enhanced” pat downs

    09/15/2011 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 45 replies
    PFT: NBC Sports ^ | Sept. 15, 2011 | NBC Sports
    Fresh off Sunday night’s taser-fueled fan violence at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, the NFL will conduct pat downs from the ankles up this season. In the past, the pat downs went from the waist up. “The enhanced security procedures recommended by our office before the start of the season will further increase the safety of fans but will require some additional time,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA T0day in a statement Thursday. “We encourage fans to come early, enjoy their tailgating tradition, and be patient as they enter the stadium.”
  • VIPR Searches and the American Citizen: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.'

    07/15/2011 4:15:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    Rutherford institute ^ | July 5, 2011 | John W. Whitehead
    VIPR Searches and the American Citizen: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.' By John W. Whitehead 7/5/2011 "They're trying to scare the pants off the American people that we need these things... Fear is a commodity and they're selling it. The more they can sell it, the more we buy into it. When American people are afraid, they will accept anything."--Kate Hanni, passengers' rights advocate "Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government...Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Supreme Court gives police leeway in home searches

    05/16/2011 9:48:14 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 76 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 17, 2011 | David G. Savage
    Officers may break in if they hear sounds and suspect that evidence is being destroyed, the justices say in an 8-1 decision. Justice Ginsburg dissents. 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"...
  • Feds Say They Can Strip-Search Anyone, Anytime

    03/13/2011 11:28:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 35 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 12 March 2011 | John Semmens
    In response to a legal challenge to their warrant-less searches of air travelers, the Department of Homeland Security advanced the argument that it is authorized to conduct whatever searches it wants, whenever it wants, and wherever it wants. “Our mandate under the Patriot Act is to keep this country safe,” said Secretary Janet Napolitano. “We cannot shy away from this duty out of misplaced concern for privacy lest the enemies of our government exploit such a weakness for their own malicious ends.” Napolitano asserted that “air travelers or anyone venturing into any public place is assumed to have given implied...
  • Does the TSA Open Packages?

    12/26/2010 3:08:24 PM PST · by ottbmare · 35 replies · 1+ views
    12-26-2010 | self
    My brother sent me a carton full of beautifully wrapped and beribboned Christmas packages, most of them containing clothes but a few containing plastic model airplanes for my son. When I opened the carton I found that a number of the packages had been slit up one of the short sides and the side flaps of the box pushed in so that anyone could see what was inside. I could only imagine that this was done for security purposes. Is this standard, now--to slice open Christmas presents and check to see what's inside them? I was a bit shocked, especially...
  • Americans A-OK with TSA? Don’t bet on it

    12/01/2010 7:18:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | JACOB SULLUM
    Americans A-OK with TSA? Don’t bet on it December 1, 2010 BY JACOB SULLUM jsullum@reason.com According to the Transportation Security Administration, Americans have no problem with the new airport screening procedures. So they should stop complaining. That self-contradictory reassurance, which would be unnecessary if it were true, seemed slightly more plausible after chaos failed to ensue from protests by Thanksgiving travelers who refused to walk through the TSA’s full-body scanners last week. But there are reasons to question the TSA’s portrait of placid passengers happily baring all for the sake of homeland security. First of all, the TSA’s numbers are...
  • What Not To Wear? Clothes A TSA Issue

    11/23/2010 5:06:44 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 44 replies · 1+ views
    AP via The Pittsburgh Channel ^ | November 23, 2010 | DAISY NGUYEN
    LOS ANGELES -- Travel experts say the more thorough security pat-downs at airports underscore the need for better fashion choices that can help people breeze through screenings with their dignity intact. --snip-- Experts suggest avoiding clothes loaded with metal studs and bras with underwires. Slacks instead of skirts are preferred. Any baggy clothing can require extra scrutiny.
  • Sikhs outraged at US airport turban searches (TSA profiling???)

    11/20/2010 5:58:46 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 52 replies
    AFP ^ | November 8, 2010 | Shaun Tandon
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Sikh Americans are protesting at what they say is a new policy at US airports to screen their turbans systematically, voicing fear the move would further stigmatize their faith. US officials have not confirmed a change in policy and insisted they respected religious beliefs. But they said security measures necessitated checks on "bulky" clothing such as turbans, which Sikh men are required by faith to wear. A group of Sikh American groups said they met several weeks ago with representatives of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who told them that airports would now screen turbans with hand-wands...
  • TSA Torment: ObamaGov Police State Tightening its Grip on We-the-People

    11/19/2010 10:59:58 AM PST · by FS11 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    The Post and Email ^ | November 18, 2010 | Sher Zieve
    It seems that the Islamic terrorist-supporting and USA-based CAIR has decided that “their” people–those following the “religious” practices that began the terror attacks in the first place and continue through today–must be exempt from these searches as it is against said “religion.” So, to again prove that the Obama regime fully supports Islam and everything it teaches and does, DHS chief Janet Napolitano is “inclined” to go along with the terrorists (against US citizens) and is even considering allowing Muslim women to pat themselves down–and then only in their head area!
  • Pakistan No.1 in the world in pornographic internet searches

    07/13/2010 6:31:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies · 1+ views
    the australian ^ | 7/13/10 | Kelli Morgan of FOXNews.com
    The Muslim country, which has banned content on at least 17 websites to block offensive and blasphemous material, is the world's leader in online searches for pornographic material. Google ranks Pakistan No.1 in the world in searches for pornographic terms, outranking every other country in searches per person for certain sex-related content, FOXNews.com said. Pakistan has ranked No.1 in searches per-person for "horse sex" since 2004, "donkey sex" since 2007, "rape pictures" between 2004 and 2009, "rape sex" since 2004, "child sex" between 2004 and 2007 and since 2009, "animal sex" since 2004 and "dog sex" since 2005, according to...
  • Secretary Napolitano Announces New Directives on Border Searches of Electronic Media

    08/29/2009 1:49:24 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 492+ views
    DHS.gov - News Release ^ | August 27, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following news release SNIPPET is a quote: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced new directives to enhance and clarify oversight for searches of computers and other electronic media at U.S. ports of entry—a critical step designed to bolster the Department’s efforts to combat transnational crime and terrorism while protecting privacy and civil liberties. “Keeping Americans safe in an increasingly digital world depends on our ability to lawfully screen materials entering the United States,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The new directives announced today strike the balance between respecting the civil liberties and privacy of all travelers...
  • Fed searches for new tools to lift economy (Like to donate a 'tool'? Call Ben Bernanke ASAP)

    03/17/2009 2:56:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 331+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/09 | Rob Lever
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Deprived of its main weapon to revive economic activity, the Federal Reserve opened a two-day meeting Tuesday to consider new tools to open up credit markets and tackle the worst crisis since the 1930s. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which began deliberations at 1800 GMT Tuesday, was expected to leave unchanged its base lending rates at zero to 0.25 percent as it mulls further moves to tackle the credit crunch and economic slump. An announcement by the FOMC is expected around 1815 GMT Wednesday. With the traditional tool of interest rate policy now exhausted, the central...
  • Seizing Laptops and Cameras Without Cause

    06/28/2008 11:47:40 AM PDT · by BGHater · 60 replies · 217+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 25 June 2008 | Alex Kingsbury
    Returning from a brief vacation to Germany in February, Bill Hogan was selected for additional screening by customs officials at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. Agents searched Hogan's luggage and then popped an unexpected question: Was he carrying any digital media cards or drives in his pockets? "Then they told me that they were impounding my laptop," says Hogan, a freelance investigative reporter whose recent stories have ranged from the origins of the Iraq war to the impact of money in presidential politics. Shaken by the encounter, Hogan says he left the airport and examined his bags, finding that...
  • 9th Circuit OKs Border Guards' Search of Traveler's Laptop

    04/23/2008 12:33:29 PM PDT · by houston1 · 23 replies · 109+ views
    law.com ^ | April 22, 2008 | Mike McKee
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that border control agents who found child porn on a traveler's laptop didn't violate the man's right to be free from unreasonable searches. "We are satisfied that reasonable suspicion is not needed for customs officials to search a laptop or other personal electronic storage devices at the border," Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain wrote. O'Scannlain went on to say that the defendant "has failed to distinguish how the search of his laptop and its electronic contents is logically any different from the suspicionless border searches of travelers' luggage that the Supreme Court and...
  • Court: Airline passengers can't back out of searches (after going thru initial security screenings)

    08/11/2007 9:09:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,002+ views
    Citing concerns about terrorism, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that airline passengers lose their right to object to a search after they go through initial security screenings. The San Francisco-based court, ruling in a case involving a Hawaii man, said airline passengers couldn't refuse searches once they place their belongings on an X-ray tray or walk through a metal detector. It was the appeals court's second decision in the case of Daniel Kuualoha Aukai because it wanted to clarify an earlier decision on the issue of consent. Last year, the court ruled Aukai couldn't back out...
  • Group searches for Bigfoot in Uinta Mountains

    07/21/2007 9:20:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies · 1,487+ views
    KAMAS, Utah A group of about 45 people spent two days in the Uinta Mountains searching for the legendary Bigfoot. Members of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization used sophisticated equipment such as parabolic microphones and night vision goggles to search for the beast on Thursday and Friday. BFRO director Matt Moneymaker, a lawyer from Capistrano, Calif., said he founded the organization to be a clearinghouse for Bigfoot sightings nationwide. He says he once was as close as 15 feet from a Sasquatch in 1994 in Portage County, Ohio. "Utah has a reputation of being a place with enough sightings and...
  • Court upholds pat-down searches at 49er games

    07/18/2007 10:38:08 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies · 582+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 18, 2007 | Bob Egelko
    A state appeals court swatted down a challenge by two San Francisco 49ers fans to pat-down searches at the team's stadium Tuesday, saying they tacitly agreed to be checked when they bought their season tickets. The National Football League ordered the searches at all games as an anti-terrorism measure starting in 2005, three years after Super Bowl spectators were first subjected to pat-downs. The policy has survived all legal challenges. Tuesday's 2-1 ruling by the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco sidestepped the plaintiffs' accusation that the searches were an invasion of privacy. Instead, the court said fans...
  • Iraqis (officials) complain about U.S. searches

    04/03/2007 6:41:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 429+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/07 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Government officials and lawmakers say they are fed up with what they feel are unnecessary searches by American troops and private security contractors in the Green Zone and persuaded President Jalal Talabani to take action, his office said Tuesday. The president, a Kurd, set up a committee to develop new security rules and then meet with U.S. officials to agree on a new relationship between American-led coalition forces and all Iraqis, not just government officials and lawmakers. The statement gave no other details, but Shiite legislator, Bassem Sharif, who attended the session at which the committee was...
  • Terror Searches 'To Be Scaled Back' (UK)

    01/27/2007 4:49:56 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 274+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-27-2007 | Ben Leapman - Tom Harper
    Terror searches 'to be scaled back' Bt Ben Leapman and Tom Harper, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 11:44pm GMT 27/01/2007 Stop-and-search powers for police conducting counter-terrorist operations are to be reviewed after complaints from Muslims that they feel victimised. The move could end the use of "profiling", in which young Asian men are targeted because they fit the expected profile of a terrorist. Commander Richard Gargini of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) admitted that the review might lead to fewer people being searched under powers set out in the Terrorism Act, 2000. He announced the plans in a speech...
  • France Searches N Korean Vessel

    11/16/2006 8:25:32 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 508+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-16-2006
    France searches N Korean vesselNorth Korean ships can be searched in territorial waters French officials in the Indian Ocean have inspected a North Korean ship under the terms of UN Security Council sanctions adopted against Pyongyang. The ship was examined on the island of Mayotte, but there were no reports it was carrying any illegal cargo. It is believed to be the first time a North Korean vessel has been inspected under Security Council Resolution 1718. The resolution imposed sanctions on North Korea after it carried out a nuclear test in October. The measures are aimed at preventing North Korea...
  • Right to Privacy Destined for Endangered List

    10/08/2006 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies · 1,527+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | October 4, 2006 | Bob Barr
    The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution protects Americans against "unreasonable searches and seizures" and against warrants being issued without "probable cause" that they have done something wrong. While most Americans who might be familiar with this portion of our Bill of Rights probably consider its protections to apply only to criminals and therefore of little consequence to them, the Fourth Amendment actually provides vital protection to all Americans, not just "criminals." In fact, its prefatory language makes this clear, explicitly providing that its goal is to assure that the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,...
  • Russian space general searches for life on Mars

    08/19/2006 11:59:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 434+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/19/06 | Dario Thuburn
    KHIMKI, Russia (AFP) - In an anonymous compound next to a suburban Moscow shopping centre a retired Russian army general is planning his next galactic conquest. Georgy Polishchuk, head of the Lavochkin Association, is preparing an unmanned mission to a moon of Mars that will search for signs of life on the red planet and try to unlock the universe's secrets. "We have to find life and whether it can be sustained," Polishchuk said, his eyes glinting as his pen drew out the planned route during an interview this month at the installation. The theory that there may be life...
  • Are you ready for some football?(Florida Judge Blocks Terror Preventing Searches At Football Games)

    08/11/2006 12:14:28 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 1,751+ views
    http://www.mdjonline.com ^ | 8 10 06 | mdjonline
    Isn't it ironic that one of the things our enemies, the Islamofascists, hate about America is the very thing that enables them to operate here? I'm talking about our openness. Our rights to privacy. The many freedoms granted us by the U.S. Constitution. And the protections and even special treatment afforded Muslim organizations in the U.S. We're a society like no other. Take for example last week's decision by Federal District Court Judge James Whittemore of Florida, who ruled in favor of ACLU lawyers last week that pat down searches before football games should be prohibited because they violate fans'...
  • Not Above The Law

    06/12/2006 4:04:21 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies · 399+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/12/06 | Robert Novak
    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, a low-profile second-term Republican from Florida, last Thursday introduced a resolution repudiating the stand of her leader, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. It avows that a "Congressional office may be subject to searches and seizures" in an "ongoing criminal investigation" of a House member. It would be hard to find any colleagues who now disagree with her, even though most want to forget the embarrassing subject. "I didn't know if I would be getting an office in the basement [after introducing the resolution]," Brown-Waite told this column. Like other lawmakers, she got an earful from constituents during the...
  • ( (ABC News) Poll: Americans Support Searches - Public Sides With FBI in Congress Search Issue

    06/01/2006 9:55:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,333+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/1/06 | Gary Langer
    June 1, 2006 -- In the rift between Congress and the Justice Department, Americans side overwhelmingly with law enforcement: Regardless of precedent and the separation of powers, 86 percent say the FBI should be allowed to search a Congress member's office if it has a warrant. That view is broadly bipartisan, this ABC News poll finds, ranging from 78 percent among Democrats to 94 percent of Republicans. --snip-- Indeed this poll finds broad public skepticism about congressional ethics: Sixty-five percent of Americans give a negative rating to the ethics and honesty of members of Congress. More, 54 percent, rate their...
  • Rockford, Ill., native searches for weapons caches during Operation Trifecta

    02/03/2006 3:22:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen
    ZAIDON, Iraq (Feb. 3, 2006) -- The sun was rising on the second day of Operation Trifecta and it was time for Sgt. Chad T. Johnson, a combat engineer attached to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, and his engineers to impair insurgent operations in the Zaidon area. The Rockford, Ill., native was given the task of helping a platoon from Company F search vast areas of farm land looking for weapons and explosives the insurgents are suspected to have hidden there. “This is one of the primary missions for the engineers in this area of operation,” stated Johnson, a 1994...
  • Judge: Searches of bags in subway is constitutional (ACLU Loses)

    12/02/2005 9:54:26 PM PST · by Jay777 · 99 replies · 1,451+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 2, 2005 | Unknown
    Random police searches of riders' bags to deter terrorism in the nation's largest subway system do not violate the Constitution and are a minimal intrusion of privacy, a federal judge ruled Friday. "The risk of a terrorist bombing of New York City's subway system is real and substantial," U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said in a 41-page ruling tossing out a lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union. Citing testimony that up to 50 percent of terrorist acts were directed at transportation systems, he said the need to implement counterterrorism measures was "indisputable, pressing, on-going and evolving."...
  • Supreme Court considers police searches

    11/08/2005 2:14:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 94 replies · 1,438+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/08/05 | Gina Holland - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court considered whether police may search a home when one resident says to come in but another objects, in an unusually spirited debate Tuesday that drew out even the usually silent Justice Clarence Thomas. Justices took up a case that arose in a small Georgia town. The wife of a local lawyer invited officers in to search their house after the husband turned them down. The search uncovered evidence of illegal drugs. The Supreme Court has never said whether the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches covers such a scenario — when one home occupant says enter...
  • (Richard) Clarke Urges More Subway Searches

    11/07/2005 7:40:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 438+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/07/05 | AP
    NEW YORK - Former White House counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke says the random search by police of bags on New York subways is a program that should be copied in other cities. Terrorists who plan attacks with multiple bombs set to go off at the same time rely on the knowledge that they will not encounter surprises by police, Clarke said last week in a deposition for a federal court case challenging the search program. "They rehearse that, they train it, they do dry runs," Clarke said in response to questions posed by New York Civil Liberties Union Legal Director...
  • Aircraft maintenance platoon searches for potentially dangerous cracks

    10/06/2005 6:04:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 6, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Alec Kleinsmith
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2005) -- The CH-46 D/E Sea Knight helicopter is one of the Marine Corps’ most valuable assets, providing expedient transportation of critical cargo loads as well as providing troop transportation. Because of the valuables these high-powered machines carry, as well as their importance in military efforts such as the Global War on Terrorism, inspections must be conducted continuously to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew. The Marines who conduct these inspections are called non-destructive inspections technicians. Their job is to perform non-destructive testing of various metals in aircraft structures and...
  • Boat owners say they were fearful during Coast Guard search

    09/22/2005 2:42:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 674 replies · 11,953+ views
    The Monterey Herald ^ | September 18, 2005 | VIRGINIA HENNESSEY
    Two of the Moss Landing Harbor residents who were the subjects of random boat searches during Labor Day Weekend say their experiences were closer to armed invasions than the friendly "safety inspections" characterized by U.S. Coast Guard officials. Both residents said search crews entered the harbor in inflatable boats with machine guns mounted on their bows. Then, carrying M-16 rifles, they approached residents and boarded and searched their boats in the name of safety and "homeland security." One resident, who asked not to be identified for fear or retribution, said his experience was "very intimidating, very frightening." "To me it...
  • Most New York voters back subway searches

    08/19/2005 9:57:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 313+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/19/05 | AP - NYC
    NEW YORK (AP) - A large majority of the city's registered voters support random bag searches of bus and subway passengers, according to a poll released Friday. In a Quinnipiac University survey of 1,601 voters, 72 percent favored the searches while 25 percent opposed them. Support was solid among blacks, whites and Hispanics. Random searches of packages and backpacks carried by people entering city subways began last month in the wake of the bomb attacks in London subways. The searches have raised some questions about civil liberties, and most of those polled, 55 percent to 38 percent, said government security...
  • Profiling is Constitutional

    08/15/2005 6:43:12 PM PDT · by hophead · 5 replies · 441+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-15-2005 | John F. Banzhaf III
    The New York Civil Liberties Union has sued to stop police from randomly searching some New York City subway riders, charging that it might lead to racial profiling ("Timid on terrorism," Commentary, Aug. 4). But racial profiling -- considering race or ethnicity in determining whom to search -- is itself constitutional if done in accordance with guidelines the U.S. Supreme Court has laid down. The court has frequently held that the government may consider race if it is reasonably necessary to further a "compelling state interest." Recently, it found that race could be considered in college admissions. Obviously, the government's...
  • Iraqi Unit Searches Uncover Weapons Cache, IEDS

    08/11/2005 5:01:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 421+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 11, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2005 – Iraqi military units uncovered a weapons cache and roadside bombs, and detained several suspects Aug. 9 and 10, according to multinational force reports. Iraqi soldiers were led to a weapons cache in Fallujah while on a dismounted security patrol Aug. 10. Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, located followed instructions to the cache from a local Iraqi. The cache consisted of four rocket-propelled grenade launchers, three machine guns, 22 RPG rounds, one rocket, two rifle grenades, RPG fin assemblies, one bag of ammunition, one can of .303 ball/tracer mix, one can...
  • WSJ: The Other War - The ACLU thinks cops are a bigger threat than terrorists.

    08/11/2005 5:09:54 AM PDT · by OESY · 18 replies · 764+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | August 11, 2005 | DOROTHY RABINOWITZ
    ...Among other lessons of 9/11, we have learned the cost of squeamishness that prevented closer scrutiny of young Arab men entering the country even when their behavior raised suspicions.... [A]n airline ticket-taker recalls being stunned by the strange look on the face of customer Mohamed Atta--particularly the unsettling fury the man exuded. Still, he could not bring himself to raise any alarm: indeed, when he heard later that the plane Atta was on had been one of those that crashed in the terror attacks, the agent felt terrible. Terrible because he had been suspicious of the passenger and thought he...
  • NYP: LIBERTY' LUNACY - ACLU suit on subway searches wastes evryone's time

    08/05/2005 6:05:42 AM PDT · by OESY · 23 replies · 551+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 5, 2005 | John Podhoretz
    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...