The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,shall be at the option of the Unitary Executive, and no Warrants shall issue because they are no longer required,
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.
The air is rife with speculation that Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City will toss his hat into the presidential ring. Wev, you say - he'd certainly do a better job than the Dear Leader, the Worst.President.Ever.
But wait just a New York minute. Do we really want the man that was involved in this sort of special ops getting accesss to Bush's new toys at the FBI, CIA, DOD, and the rest?
For at least a year before the 2004 Republican National Convention,
teams of undercover New York City police officers traveled to cities
across the country, Canada and Europe to conduct covert observations of
people who planned to protest at the convention, according to police
records and interviews.
Hold on, you say, maybe it was police commissioner Ray Kelly, maybe Mayor Mike didn't know what was going on. Nope:
In February 2003, the Police Department, with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s
support, was given broad new authority by [District Court] Judge Haight to conduct such
monitoring. However, a senior police official must still determine that
there is some indication of illegal activity before an inquiry is begun.
Illegal activity like flying planes into buildings or using truck bombs? Well ...
At the other end of the threat spectrum was Joshua Kinberg, a
graduate student at Parsons School of Design and the subject of four
pages of intelligence reports, including two pictures. For his master’s
thesis project, Mr. Kinberg devised a “wireless bicycle” equipped with
cellphone, laptop and spray tubes that could squirt messages received
over the Internet onto the sidewalk or street.
were printed in water-soluble chalk, a tactic meant to avoid a criminal
mischief charge for using paint, an intelligence report noted. Mr.
Kinberg’s bicycle was “capable of transferring activist-based messages
on streets and sidewalks,” according to a report on July 22, 2004.
bicycle, having been built for the sole purpose of protesting during
the R.N.C., is capable of spraying anti-R.N.C.-type messages on
surrounding streets and sidewalks, also supplying the rider with a
quick vehicle of escape,” the report said. Mr. Kinberg, then 25, was
arrested during a television interview with Ron Reagan for MSNBC’s
“Hardball” program during the convention. He was released a day later,
but his equipment was held for more than a year.
Maybe Mayor Mike should just go back to his old job. Wasting time on stuff like this at the expense of looking for real terrorists is the same authoritarian nonsense we've suffered since Bush took office. It's time for a new approach.
[via Raw Story] Bu$hCo's FY 2007 budget omitted a table included in previous years that lays out the impact of proposed policies on the deficit. Basically, it's omission -- "a single table among thousands and thousands of pages that follow a standard format each year -- likely signals that the Administration is trying to keep the focus off the massive deficits which the United States will incur after 2010."
Two days ago we blogged about Stephen Dujack, whose planned testimony regarding Alito and CAP ("Concerned Alumi of Princeton") disappeared down the Old Memory Hole. A concerned Princeton student wrote us to say that they had written about Dujack (and his smearing by Limbaugh, Drudge, and the rest) in the Daily Princetonian. They discuss Dujack's address to the Princeton College Democrats and link to his 1986 article on CAP.
Anybody figure out how to stop Scalito yet? One more thing ... if Scalito was never a member of CAP as the Repugs now claim, why did he feature it on his resume?
As you might recall, Senator Kennedy and Judiciary Committee Chair Specter spent some time yesterday bitch-slapping each other over Scalito's membership in CAP ("Concerned Alumni of Princeton"). CAP was a group dedicated to keeping Princeton white and male. Now it seems that an expert on the group, Stephen Dujack, will not testify at the confirmation hearings as originally scheduled:
Late last Thursday, Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a list of witnesses to testify for the Democrats on Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s nomination to the Supreme Court. I was on that list — a mere writer with a bachelor's degree — among all the distinguished household names. But by the end of the day Friday, I wasn't on the list anymore.
Ah, the old Memory Hole. Does it seem to you as though the Democrats, save Kennedy and perhaps Schumer, have thrown in the towel?