18 May 2011

Never Thought I’d Say This

“The court today arms the police with a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement in drug cases,” Ginsburg wrote. “In lieu of presenting their evidence to a neutral magistrate, police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, nevermind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant.”
Generally, the Constitution requires police to receive permission or obtain a warrant before entering someone’s home, which Ginsburg called “our most private space.” But the court has recognized exceptions in “exigent” circumstances: For instance, when a life might be endangered, a suspect might escape or evidence might be destroyed.

The United States Supreme Court is schizophrenic when it comes to determining the role of police.  On the one hand, cops only exist to investigate crimes, which is why that can’t be held liable for failing to prevent crimes.  On the other hand, the court has ruled that cops need not comply with the fourth amendment if someone’s life is in danger, which implies that cops do have a responsibility to prevent crimes.

Anyway, the point in all this is that Justice Ginsburg is correct in noting that the fourth amendment now has a de facto exception clause when it comes to drug -related crimes.  Never mind that buying, selling, and ingesting drugs are all victimless crimes.  Never mind that that the federal government has no authority to regulate this aspect of citizens’ lives.  Never mind all that, for the federal government has decided that it is wrong for people to do what they want with their own bodies, and therefore the law must be suspended to vanquish this great evil.  So say goodbye to the fourth amendment and say hello to the police state.

And this is how the great republic dies:  by suicide.  The fear that someone somewhere may be doing something morally repugnant to a vocal minority of voters has led to an increasingly massive police state that eventually no one will be able to escape. No one can say their fate is not deserved.

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