Thursday, November 18, 2010

You Know the Terrorists Won, Right?

America, meet the TSA.  Americans should be getting a lesson in Constitutional law right about now.  Especially with respect to the Fourth Amendment.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The current practices being employed by TSA are a violation of our Constitutional Rights, specifically, the Fourth Amendment.  I hope the current hearings in Congress will force the TSA to change this policy.

Ever since we, as a society, were willing to sign away a good number of our civil rights in that poorly named law called The Patriot Act, we have stood by and allowed the government to commit all sorts of unconstitutional violations.  Illegal wire taps (4th Amendment), incarceration of "enemy combatants" without due process (5th Amendment), and the allowing of torture to be committed by agents of the U.S. Government to name a just a few.  We are slowly giving up our freedoms, and the anti-Islamic attitudes is allowing our own Christian Taliban to make inroads in driving the US toward its own theocracy.  The exact thing that we rail against so many of these Islamic countries for.

America had better wake up.  The Bush Administration has taken us down a slippery slope where questioning the objectives of our government in the name of protecting us has given rise to being labeled unpatriotic.  Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has continued many of these same Bush era policies.  Oh, and those "activist" judges?  They are agreeing with our Executive branch on just about every case concerning state secrets.  We could use some judicial activism right about now.  Except that it wouldn't be activist, it would be doing the job the Constitution gave them.

I can't think of anything more patriotic then to use our freedom of speech and speak up against our government and tell them that we want our liberties and rights back.  The terrorists have won.  It is time to move on and once again become the country they hated to begin with, if only because we were free.  Are you listening Tea Party?

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