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Washington DC was "terrorized" for 3-weeks straight by a sniper team killing civilians. They didn't shut down the nation's capital, patrol the streets in armored vehicles & columned marches - stomping all over everyone's rights, and they shouldn't have done it now.
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.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
You know what is totally messed up?
We are about a click away from citizens being deemed "suspicious" simply for exercising their constitutional rights...
If I hear one more time "Well, if you aren't doing anything wrong, you shouldn't be worried..." I'm going to puke.
I was listening to scanner traffic during the manhunt. There were a few folks who didn't allow the search. For the most part, they just skipped it, marking it down for follow up once the zone was cleared. There were a couple of times they searched anyhow, like if the guy seemed nervous, etc. One of those was likely the same case as the family ordered out.
When we’re threatened we defend ourselves—and our systems. Before 9/11, for instance, President George W. Bush was sinking in the polls. But as soon as the planes hit the World Trade Center, the president’s approval ratings soared. So did support for Congress and the police. During Hurricane Katrina, America witnessed FEMA’s spectacular failure to rescue the hurricane’s victims. Yet many people blamed those victims for their fate rather than admitting the agency flunked and supporting ideas for fixing it. In times of crisis, say the authors, we want to believe the system works.