posted on May, 11 2008 @ 08:09 AM
First, I'm not going to get overly worked up over this. As it stands now, they can enter a house without a warrant if they want to. If your suspect
to anything. Hell, it's up to the police officer's imagination most times when he or she is eyeballing you looking for anything suspicious.
I wonder how the folks in Oakland, California feel when the police start knocking on doors, entering and searching for weapons. They *already* enter,
search, and if they come up with nothing too bad, you've been violated. They already confiscate what they want. I have already heard a few stories
about computers being removed during weapons searches. Will the police chief admit such search and seizures publicly? Nope. Word gets around.
I also know what it's like to get pulled over on a traffic stop for a tail light that went out. The officer simply asked if I was aware that my tail
light was out, and I said "Oh no...." and before I could thank him for alerting me to it, he asked me to get out of my car. I was patted down,
CUFFED, and led to the police car. Then two more cars show up. Most of them, looked like young rookies.
Here I am, just a stay at home mother, on my way home from church. Okay. And I was smart enough not to resist arrest. I could tell they were itching
to make trouble for ME. I watched 3 officers turn out the entire inside of my car. I watched one officer take my purse and go through the entire
contents of it, then pulled my ID out of my wallet and bring it back with him to the car. I sat quietly, as he ran me through. I finally got the guts
to ask, "Why am I being searched? Why am I cuffed?" and he LAUGHED and said "You have nothing to worry about if you haven't done anything wrong.
Do you have a warrant out on you?" I said "Absolutely not." and he said "Don't lie to me, because I'm going to find out in a matter of minutes
here" I said, "I'm not lying." Once the all clear came back, he got out of his car, and hung out with his buddies for a good 10 minutes and they
chatted it up as I sat cuffed in the car. He comes over, opens my door, has me step out, then uncuffs me. Okay. Now he wants me to take a
breathlizer!!! I said, "No problem, but as you can see on my medication bottle, I can't mix alcohol with it or it would be fatal." He did not care.
So I was submitted to a breathlizer. The entirety of this was ridiculous, violating, and abuse of power. So when he said I was free to go, I said,
"Officer, why was my car searched?" and he gave me no answer, handed me a fix it ticket on the tail light and him and his buddies left.
I have already experienced abuse of power. The officer had no reason to believe I was into trouble. And many times, officers will explain why they
believe your person and property are being searched.
So, when someone says "Oh no, they will come take your computer and you will go to jail....for such and such...." I say okay. Let them come.
Eventually they will find a reason....to come. Until then, this is America, and I will continue to live as I choose, under the freedoms of the
constitution and I honestly DO NOT CARE what bills have been passed to negate them. I will fight for my freedoms. I will not live in fear of these
people who want me to live in fear. And that is what they want.
They can abuse their power 24/7, year around.
As far as free downloading and pirated software goes - here are my thoughts -
When the good old BBS was up and running, things were of course pirated, but many programmers ALSO shared their software. It was a lovely time back
then. I must say.
As for music, these greedy record executives are going to find their collective butts handed to them when artists start to take control of their own
property and distribute it as they see fit ala Radiohead and other bands. Not only are the fans fed up, so are the musicians. We are heading into a
new era. Now do I think mp3s should be paid for? Yes, yes I do. Unless the artist is offering it to me for free.