posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 08:30 PM
I was just reading a story about an warranted police encounter instigated by standing in a parking lot. All said and done the owner of the car
permitted the officers to search the car because "we had nothing to hide".
I understand the thought and feeling. In fact I too have permitted otherwise illegal searches of my person and vehicle because I knew there was
nothing for them to find. The problem with this pervasive attitude is that it makes the notion that if someone does not consent to a search, they are
in possession of something illicit - and as a result, are subject to manipulation of the laws until the officers feel they have legal right to
search. i.e. in practice, THERE IS NO 4th AMMENDMENT. Therefore, in order for us to regain the protection of the 4th Ammendment,
IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU NEVER ALLOW OFFICERS OF THE LAW SEARCH YOUR PERSON OR BELONGINGS.
Regardless of nor having anything to hide. Someday you may have documents proving the chief of police is corrupt. But they get confiscated when
found during a search you approved. Or whatever.
It's not that complicated of a concept. But people are weak and lazy and just want the encounter over with and so allow these violations and
prejudices to embed themselves in our "norms" of behavior. DO NOT PERMIT SEARCHES - PERIOD.
PLEASE PEOPLE. SPREAD THE WORD. I BEG OF YOU.
[edit on 9/30/2008 by verbal kint]