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  • just a conservative girl 12:31 PM on 06/03/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: civil liberties, dna, , , ,   

    Government Now Allowed to Take DNA without Warrant 

    The Supreme Court today ruled that it is perfectly acceptable for the police to take your DNA without a warrant.  Oh my.  

     In 2009 a man named Alonzo King was taken under arrest and charged with assault, during this arrest the police took a swab and matched his DNA to an unsolved rape.  Mr. King was not taken under arrest for the rape, nor was he believed to be involved at the time of the arrest.  He was charged, prosecuted, and found guilty of the rape.  His attorney’s filed an appeal under the fourth amendment of illegal search and seizure.  

     The court has decided that DNA swabs are no different than taking a photograph and fingerprints.  It is only a source of identification.  Really?  Giving the government bodily fluids is just another source of making an ID?  

     Scalia joined with the more liberal wing of the court and said this in his dissent:

     “The Fourth Amendment forbids searching a person for evidence of a crime when there is no basis for believing the person is guilty of the crime or is in possession of incriminating evidence,” Scalia said. “That prohibition is categorical and without exception; it lies at the very heart of the Fourth Amendment.”

    But my favorite has to be:

    “I hope that the Maryland officials who read the Court’s opinion do not take it seriously,”

    Doesn’t those on the court understand how this can be abused?  Now, it seems pretty obvious that King is indeed a rapist.  I have zero sympathy for him, zero.  But he isn’t really the point.  These cases are always about something bigger than person who brought the case.  When he was arrested, there doesn’t seem to be that there was evidence he was guilty of committing this rape.  So why would they have right to take his DNA?  The entire point of our justice system is the presumption of innocence.  By automatically taking DNA swabs of every person who is arrested we have forgone that presumption and walking towards something that will no longer resemble our justice system.  

     What is so odd is that it seems that the deciding vote came from Justice Stephen Breyer.  Strange bed fellows indeed.  

     But sadly we have gotten to the point in this country that the government’s desires and needs are now over taking our rights.  This government was built on the rights of the individual being paramount.  That seems to no longer exist.  

     

     
  • just a conservative girl 10:39 AM on 03/07/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: civil liberties, , , filibuster, , , toomey   

    Rand Paul and the Filibuster 

    I really do hope that you watched at least a little of that last night.  It was epic.  While it certainly didn’t hit the historic lengths that others have over the years, it was still darn good.

    I mean how often do you hear the federalist papers read on the senate floor?  I was literally swooning while listening to Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers by Ted Cruz. Oh my.  I also got my tweet read by him as well!! LOL.  I was so proud.

    I really hope that all homeschoolers out there used this as a Civics lesson.  I can’t imagine anything better to teach our children about how the government should work.

    Brennan will be the next CIA Director, but that wasn’t the point of what he was doing.  The point is the limits of the executive branch and protecting the fifth amendment.  It is amazing to me that even more people in this country are not up in arms about this.  Do we really want any president to have that kind of power?  Do I think it is likely that a president would use a drone to kill an American citizen?  No, I don’t.  But that doesn’t mean that it is impossible nor does it mean that we should give the power to one person just because we think they would never use it.

    This was one of my favorite moments:

    I was also very happy to learn that he had some support from interesting places;

    1. Sen. Cruz reading Tweets from all of you meant a lot to me. Protecting the Constitution is everyone’s fight.

    Code Pink was tweeting along, as well as John Cusack:

    Good question“@cenkuygur: Up to 8 Senators now joining the Rand Paul . Where are the so-called progressive Democratic senators?”

    For gods sake where are democrats ?? “@democracynow: Rand Paul: Obama Admin Response Drones “More Than Frightening” http://owl.li/itdHI 

     

    So Rand was able to make some strange bedfellows.  Which is exactly what the GOP needs. They need someone to stand up and talk about issues that should be important to all Americans.  Civil Liberties affects us all, and the idea that our government may be taking them away should be a concern to every American.

    One of the very best thing that I thought Senator Paul did last night was the never attacked the president personally.  He stayed on the issues.  This is another lesson that many others in the GOP and the conservative movement need to learn.  Personal attacks are a turn off and unproductive.

    I was proud last night.  Senator Paul did us all proud.

    Here are some other highlights:

     
    • A.Men 11:06 AM on 03/07/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Vote no on Brenner nomination., rand paul. You’re just a blowhard like your father.

    • Ednar 12:47 PM on 03/07/2013 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you Conservative girl… Rand Paul made me proud of my country once again!

      IF YOU WANT A GOOD LAUGH THIS SHOULD DO IT.

      Subject: Breaking news on Papal progress!

      Obama Wants To Be Next Pope

      WASHINGTON, DC – Sources close to the White House have learned that
      Barack Obama is planning to run for the office of Pope when the
      College of Cardinals convenes to elect a successor to ailing Benedict
      XVI at the end of this month.

      Calling on the promise of Equality for All, Obama is said to firmly
      believe that the time has come for a non-Catholic to occupy the
      Vatican’s highest office.

      Foreseeing a looming citizenship issue, he states that he has
      discovered an Italian birth certificate that proves he was born in
      Rome before he was born in Kenya. “That Hawaiian birth certificate
      never has been worth what I paid for it anyway,” he noted.

      Continuing, he concluded, “And there’s no way that a handful of
      cardinals could be more expensive to buy than 10 million voters in
      Michigan.”

      Further questions should be directed to Obama’s Papal Campaign
      Manager, Abdul Azeem Khan.

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