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Miami Police Trash 4th Amendment

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.
~ Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution
"Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant."
"Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats."
Here's the question: Do you have a right to privacy when you're in a public space, such as a hotel or a bank? Can you tell law enforcement that since you've done no wrong, since their cause is unreasonable, and since they're on a random show of force to "shock" and "awe" potential terrorists you do not wish to give up your right to be secure in your person and your right to privacy?
Lets face facts, here. This stunt by the Miami police department is nothing more than a police-state fear tactic designed to intimidate the general population. It's goal is to scare the citizenry into an eternal state of fear. Lets call a spade a spade. They're nothing more than terrorists, themselves. Can you imagine being in a McDonalds getting lunch when all of a sudden three APC's screech to a stop in the parking lot. Their back doors fly open and out storms a couple dozen shock troops. They surround the McDonalds, rifles trained on the doorways and any poor soles who happen to be in the parking lot. Once they feel they have the building surrounded and secured, they order you to interlace your fingers above your head and file out of the building one at a time.  In the parking lot, they pat you down, check your ID, and then hand you an anti-terrorism pamphlet. It notifies you that this was only an exercise. Until this point, you had no idea what was happening. Your heart was pounding in your ears because you were so scared. You had no idea if shots were going to be fired or if you'd be caught in the crossfire. You didn't know if you were going to live or die. You had no control. I don't know about you, but I'd be mad as hell!
Propaganda Matrix has a good article taking the ACLU to task on their giving the Miami police a pass on it's abusive actions by saying, "[its] more effective and more consistent with the Constitution."
Miami Model: ACLU Shysters Stab America In The Back Again
In response to the news that Miami police were going to conduct random sieges, checks of ID's and patrols of buses and trains, the ACLU stabbed America in the back again by shrugging their shoulders and stating that the new measures did not violate anybody's rights.


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