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  • RANDOM IDIOCY - (Malkin: refusal to "racial profile" in terror hunt increases security risk!)

    07/22/2005 9:15:11 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 24 replies · 891+ views
    WHAT'S the point? In the wake of the latest terrorist attacks in London, Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD announced plans to conduct random searches of packages and backpacks carried by subway riders. "Random," of course, is a synonym for blind. And we all know what it means when you put blind bureaucrats in charge of homeland security: Grannies and toddlers, prepare to be on heightened grope alert. Reassuring al Qaeda operatives everywhere, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly pledged that his officers would not engage in "racial profiling." He also emphasized that passengers would be free to "turn around and leave" instead...
  • Arrest of top leader in al Qaeda hailed as 'huge' blow to terror - (Bin Laden running for cover)

    05/09/2005 5:09:53 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 77 replies · 2,446+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 9, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough and Bill Gertz
    The arrest of al Qaeda’s No. 3 man, Abu Farraj al-Libbi, in Pakistan promises to provide new information on Osama bin Laden’s life on the run and deprives the terror network of its chief operating officer, according to counterterrorism and defense officials. Officials said that if al-Libbi chooses to talk, he is in a position to dish out valuable information about al Qaeda’s current structure, funding sources and attacks in the pipeline. And most importantly, he might provide information that could rekindle leads to bin Laden that have grown cold this year. Al-Libbi is potentially the best source of information...
  • Fractured movement searches for new focus (Earth Day)

    04/21/2005 8:47:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 487+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/21/05 | Mike Lee
    Thirty-five years after the first Earth Day galvanized environmentalists, the movement is suffering a national identity crisis. Local environmentalists say San Diego County is cultivating a vibrant environmental community interested in preserving open spaces, cleaning up beaches and pressing for cleaner air. But the green establishment can't seem to get its way in Washington, D.C., the cause of much soul-searching in the run-up to Earth Day festivities that will span the globe tomorrow. Critics contend that environmentalists lack a compelling vision and say the movement has become just another special interest. Even though environmental groups' coffers are fat and people...
  • Grounded: Millionaire John Gilmore stays close to home while making a point about privacy

    02/27/2005 6:43:24 PM PST · by zeugma · 44 replies · 1,423+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, February 27, 2005 | Dennis Roddy
    Grounded: Millionaire John Gilmore stays close to home while making a point about privacy He's unable to travel because he refuses to present a government-approved ID Sunday, February 27, 2005By Dennis Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SAN FRANCISCO -- John Gilmore's splendid isolation began July 4, 2002, when, with defiance aforethought, he strolled to the Southwest Airlines counter at Oakland Airport and presented his ticket. Dennis Roddy, Post-GazetteJohn Gilmore, beside a graffiti-covered wall, has his morning coffee at a shop that's one block from his San Francisco home. The Bradford native doesn't drive and has other travel restrictions, thanks to his challenge...
  • NY/VT: Judge tosses suit to block ferry searches (Lake Champlain)

    02/16/2005 9:45:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 353+ views
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block random searches of passengers and vehicles using ferries that cross Lake Champlain. U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha said the searches of people seeking to board the Lake Champlain Transportation Co. ferries were not intrusive and were reasonable given terrorism concerns. The lake forms part of the New York-Vermont border and extends into Canada. The searches are required under the National Maritime Transportation Security Act, which took effect July 1. The Coast Guard approved the company's screening protocol, which includes vehicle searches. In...
  • Muslims Vs. Muslims - (Destroying each other; blaming America)

    01/13/2005 4:09:10 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 270+ views
    Throughout the war in Iraq, much has been heard about the alleged desecration of Muslim holy sites by American troops killing terrorists. Even though the terrorists stay in mosques and store their weapons there, protests against American troops have been held around the world and Arab governments have issued statements of condemnation. What goes largely unreported is the fact that Muslims have been attacking, desecrating, and destroying their own mosques, shrines and holy sites. One case involves turning the Prophet Mohammed's childhood home into a public restroom. The Wahhabism form of Islam regards these religious buildings, structures and relics as...
  • The Cavalry Rides In - (Stupendous narrative by a Lt. in 7th Cav. Fallujah,Najaf,Iraq)

    12/23/2004 8:45:13 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 599+ views
    Following are extracts from a letter to TAE's editor from a young West Point-educated Army officer who has been at the center of intelligence operations connected to two of the trickiest and most successful combat actions carried out by the U.S. military in the last half century--August 2004's Battle of Najaf and November's Battle of Fallujah. He provides details on the Fallujah fight, including the previously unreported revelation that Muslim holy warriors traffic in illicit drugs. On November 7, Prime Minister Allawi gave the green light to the American and Iraqi military. All day long, Air Force and Marine Corps...
  • CA: FBI searches home of state Senate leader's son (PeRataGate)

    12/15/2004 8:22:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 329+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/15/04 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal agents searched the home of state Senate leader Don Perata's son Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether the Oakland lawmaker was involved in influence peddling. A spokesman for the elder Perata, Jason Kinney, confirmed that agents searched the Oakland home of Nick Perata, a political consultant who has worked for his father. Don Perata's attorney, George O'Connell, issued a statement calling the search a "Ken Starr-like publicity stunt" and an example of a "Republican-appointed prosecutor abusing and misusing the legal system in order to inflict maximum partisan political damage." A spokesman for the U.S....
  • Does The "Search" Function Still Work? No One Seems To Use It.

    11/30/2004 2:49:06 PM PST · by annyokie · 135 replies · 4,484+ views
    Sorry, All. I am just tired of seeing the same half dozen threads posted a bazillion times.

    11/24/2004 8:02:30 AM PST · by JesseHousman · 43 replies · 1,040+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Nov. 24, 2004 | Editorial Staff
    OUR OPINION: TIGHTEN GUIDELINES OR DITCH INVASIVE SEARCHES In the brief existence of the Transportation Security Administration since the 9/11 terror attacks, airport-security screeners have been endured more than beloved. Now TSA agents have sunk to a new low of public loathing. Some screeners have used new rules that allow pat-down searches of passengers to turn the airport check-in process into a humiliating invasion of personal privacy. Scores of women have complained of unnecessary touching and fondling, of searches that resemble ''breast exams'' and of wands placed too vigorously between their legs. The TSA needs to either impose stricter guidelines...
  • Patriot Fixes (reform the Patriot Act), by Bob Barr

    11/12/2004 9:24:17 AM PST · by OESY · 14 replies · 660+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2004 | BOB BARR
    ...Critics of the Act are not calling for full repeal. Only about a dozen of the 150 provisions need to be reformed.... The two most significant problems are sections 213 and 215. The first authorized the use of delayed-notification search warrants.... The Justice Department often claims that this new statutory "sneak and peek" power is innocuous, because the use of such warrants was commonplace before. Actually, the Patriot Act's sneak and peek authority... was available in terrorism investigations. Courts, however, put specific checks on these warrants: They could only be authorized when notice would threaten life or safety (including witness...
  • Drug-dog searches debated [SC close to approving use of canines during traffic stops]

    11/11/2004 9:00:32 PM PST · by freedom44 · 71 replies · 932+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/11/04 | MARK HELM
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to give police officers the right to use drug-sniffing dogs during routine traffic stops to find out whether drivers have illegal narcotics aboard. The Constitution forbids "unreasonable searches" by the police, and the high court in the past has said officers may not search a car for drugs unless they have reason to suspect the motorist is breaking the law. But the court's early rulings neglected a key question: Is a sniff the same as a search? Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a key swing vote on the court, insisted that a "sniff...
  • FBI searches home, office of upstate N.Y. mayor (Middletown)

    05/06/2004 9:32:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 209+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/6/04 | AP - Middletown
    MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Federal agents seized financial records from an upstate mayor's office and other city departments Thursday. A city worker said police and federal agents entered Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano's office Thursday with video cameras, cardboard boxes and a search warrant. The visit comes about a week after authorities charged DeStefano's father with running an illegal sports gambling operation. District Attorney David Huey said an Orange County court decided there was enough evidence of a crime to issue the warrant. The mayor's lawyer, Jim Monroe, said he doesn't believe there has been any wrongdoing and that the mayor...
  • When is a Seizure a Search? (Kilpatrick)

    02/05/2004 5:28:54 AM PST · by blitzgig · 1 replies · 113+ views ^ | 1/28/04 | James J. Kilpatrick
    WHEN IS A SEIZURE A SEARCH? Robert Lidster's bad luck was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just after midnight on Aug. 30, 1997, he was driving along a highway in Lombard, Ill., 25 miles west of downtown Chicago. He ran into a police checkpoint -- literally ran into a checkpoint -- and now he's part of the case law construing the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects us from "unreasonable" searches and seizures. The question in Lidster's case is a constantly recurring question before the Supreme Court. Was a given search reasonable or unreasonable? The...
  • Google Starts Counting Searches

    10/11/2003 6:34:27 PM PDT · by yonif · 9 replies · 267+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 6, 2003 | LISA NAPOLI
    Think of it as an odometer for a search engine. The Web search service Google has quietly started placing a counter on its home page for a small number of its most frequent users. Most Google users do not have it, but a select few now have a no-frills counter that with each search clicks higher, noting "You have done 479 searches," or whatever the actual number. Advertisement For the curious, an explanatory page linked to the counter reveals that this is a test, or limited-sample experiment of a new search counting feature. The counter is placed on computer hard...
  • Airports start car searches -- U.S. orders random checks for bombs

    02/20/2003 3:40:28 PM PST · by vikingchick · 18 replies · 234+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, February 20, 2003 | Alan Gathright, Kathleen Sullivan, Chronicle Staff Writers
    <p>Police at airports in the Bay Area and around the country have quietly started to conduct random searches of vehicles under a new federal security mandate to thwart car bombs.</p> <p>Some U.S. airports, concerned that the searches are illegal, are refusing to carry out the directive.</p>
  • U.S. Navy Searches Suspect Vessel in Mediterranean

    10/23/2002 4:00:40 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 23 2002 | Reuters
    ROME (Reuters) - U.S. navy officials boarded and searched a Tonga-registered merchant vessel in the eastern Mediterranean Wednesday in a hunt some media reports said was linked to finding members of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. "At about 0400 GMT, USS Monterey conducted a compliant boarding of the merchant vessel Tara, formerly known as Christie, about 70 nautical miles south of Antalya, Turkey, in international waters," Commander Bob Ross, spokesman for the U.S. Sixth Fleet, told Reuters. The vessel's documentation appeared to be in order, no contraband was discovered and nothing was removed from the ship, Ross said, but...
  • Vanity: The NEW County fair - weapon free zone, knives will be provided...

    06/27/2002 12:32:56 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies · 257+ views
    Personal Experience last week! | 6/27/2002 | Swordmaker
    Last week I went to the San Joaquin County (California) Fair... a dismal fair with amateurish displays, few 4-H animals, and surprisingly few commercial hawkers. Usually two to three of the barn-like buildings of the fair are filled with business people trying to sell their wares. This year, only one small building held about a baker's dozen of them. Usually full, this year only half the stalls in the animal barns were in use by 4-H'ers. The normal agricultural and civic pride displays from the county's cities and farm communities were notably absent this year. Why, I don't know. It...
  • Supreme Court Rules on Bus Searches

    06/17/2002 8:52:41 AM PDT · by Pern · 44 replies · 335+ views
    AP via ^ | June 17, 2002 | Gina Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police who want to look for drugs or evidence of other crimes do not have to first inform public transportation passengers of their legal rights. The ruling gives police guidance on how to approach and search passengers, a case with renewed interest as officers seek out possible terrorists on public transportation. Justices rejected arguments that passengers, confined to small spaces, might feel coerced. The court ruled 6-3 that officers in Tallahassee, Fla., were within their rights as they questioned and searched two men aboard a Greyhound bus in 1999. Justice Anthony...
  • Court rules tip not enough cause to stop motorist

    05/01/2002 5:45:23 AM PDT · by CFW · 14 replies · 194+ views
    Indy ^ | May 01, 2002 | staff
    Police officers need reasonable suspicion to make a traffic stop -- and an anonymous tip alone doesn't pass that constitutional test, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Melvin Berry was charged with carrying a handgun without a license last year after a Marion County sheriff's officer received an anonymous tip. The appeals court ruled that the officer violated Berry's rights under the U.S. and Indiana constitutions, which protect against unreasonable searches and seizures. An officer would need more reliable information from an anonymous tip -- one that included a prediction of future action. Or, the court ruled, the officer...