13 April 2005

ACLU Wants To Hinder Police Investigations

If you haven't done so, I'd suggest signing up for google alerts and putting in as a keyword "ACLU". This is an article that I received a link for via google alert. "Bill proposes banning police from conducting consent searches" from the Denton Record-Chronicle. The way that I read this, it is meant to handcuff the police. In other words, preventing them from asking if they could conduct a routine search. In many instances, the searches are meant to rule out criminal activity, not to catch it. Or in the case of searching for a missing child. We should be making the barriers for locating missing children easier for the police, not more difficult. But I think that I know what is at the root of this. Illegal activity that the ACLU wishes to make more difficult for the police to detect. Transportation of controlled substances and drunk driving. Since the ACLU wishes to make all illicit drugs legal, they don't think transporting such substances should be able to be detected without a warrant. Forgive me if I'm not correct, but in my state, driving is a privilege, not a right. The state can revoke, suspend, or otherwise control your ability to operate a motor vehicle. So why shouldn't the state have the right to search a vehicle that is in operation on a public road? I say as far as I'm concerned, they have that right. And their asking if they can search, just makes everything more pleasant for everyone. Because if they want to search it, they will anyway. And at the risk of being totally off base on this one, the ability to give consent to search a building just shows the police that you've nothing to hide. And usually if they do take a look around, it's rather summary. Because if they really suspect something wrong, they'll get the warrant. Trust me, the police don't want to catch you doing something and have any evidence of a crime that they have collected thrown out of court because they didn't have a warrant. And along the same lines, what about the cases of spousal abuse? If a husband or wife is beating their spouse or child, and the police get summoned to the home, why can't they make sure there is no physical abuse going on by taking a look around? By being able to look at every person who could possibly be involved in such violence, a crime could be ruled out. By being able to look around the home, signs such as broken objects, torn clothing, or unsanitary conditions could be clues that something could be happening that isn't healthy for some of the occupants of the home. So in my opinion, the ability for the police to ask you if they can conduct a search should be upheld. Placing limits or eliminating the process altogether would seriously hinder the progression of an investigation. But this is just my opinion. And I'm usually right. Help Put A Stop To The Most Dangerous Organization In America. We are trying to organize a march on all of the ACLU state offices in all of the 50 states. To help in this matter, we are trying to raise money to pay for advertising in our nation's newspapers promoting the march. You can help. Visit Bulldoze The ACLU online store and buy a bumper sticker or t-shirt. All of the proceeds will be going into advertising for this march. Thank You.

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