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Supreme Court Allows Strip-Searches Of All Who Are Arrested—Another Conservative Attack On Our Liberties

The five radical conservatives on the Supreme Court have allowed strip-searches to be conducted on any person who is arrested.

From the New York Times

“The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband….The procedures endorsed by the majority are forbidden by statute in at least 10 states and are at odds with the policies of federal authorities. According to a supporting brief filed by the American Bar Association, international human rights treaties also ban the procedures. The federal appeals courts had been split on the question, though most of them prohibited strip-searches unless they were based on a reasonable suspicion that contraband was present..”

Conservatives don’t hate activist judges and big government.

They just want to make sure that these things are there to overturn Presidential elections, make sure people of color have a hassle voting, make sure you can’t get health insurance, protect the rich, break up your lawful assembly, and strip search you.

Also, in Texas, the state engages in state-mandated rape of women seeking a fully legal abortion.

We’ve heard all this blather over the years about alleged socialism and about how government is going to come and take away your gun.

And yet—The real threats to liberty come from corporate rule of the nation, fanatical social conservatives, national security concerns on steroids, and from a Republican Party that is little more than a vehicle for the most greedy and mean-spirited in our nation.

Though maybe the greatest threat to liberty of all are those on our side of the aisle who are doing nothing to combat these actions by our domestic foes.

The work of freedom is up to each of us. We can’t count on anybody but ourselves to fight for a just and decent nation.

April 3, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Ever since a previous Right Wing administration (The most recent one, actually) stacked the Supreme Court, I have been fearful that The duly-elected Congress is being slowly and subtly replaced by legislation from “The Bench” along lines of personal bias more than along lines of “Constitutional” relevence.

    I give God thanks every day that we have not yet regressed to the point where our ultimate Constitutional authority is some “Supreme” religious leader of some kind, but I fear that if we are not vigilant, we coould yet see such a day.

    Comment by americanliberaltimes | April 4, 2012

  2. “The five radical conservatives on the Supreme Court”

    Kennedy is a radical conservative? The justice who was unanimously confirmed by a Democratic-majority Senate?

    The one who wrote the opinion in Lawrence v. Texas that struck down the Texas sodomy statute? The one who wrote the opinion in Boumediene v. Bush that applied habeas corpus to enemy combatants? The one who wrote the opinion in Kennedy v. Louisiana that barred the death penalty for crimes other than murder?

    To call Kennedy a “radical conservative” is not a serious statement.

    “Ever since a previous Right Wing administration (The most recent one, actually) stacked the Supreme Court”

    George W. Bush appointed two justices (in eight years), same as Barack Obama in four.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | April 5, 2012

  3. Mr. Kennedy is different by the smallest of margins from the others on the Court he most often votes with.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 6, 2012


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