|Reprint — Important Civil Rights Issues to
be Heard by Top Court
K-House eNews for October 10, 2000, From: "K-House eNews" <email@example.com>
In its upcoming session the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear five cases which involve challenges to police power to stop, search, and arrest citizens for drug or seat belt violations.
In the case of Indianapolis vs. Edmond, the court will decide whether police can set up random drug roadblocks on public streets for the purpose of questioning motorists to see if they are using drugs. This includes the use of drug-sniffing dogs.
Ferguson vs. Charleston involves the question of whether or not hospitals can secretly test pregnant women for cocaine use, and turn the results over to police.
In Atwater vs. Lago Vista, the question is whether people can be handcuffed and hauled off to jail for not wearing a seat belt.
In Kyllo vs. United States, the court will have to determine whether police, without the owners' knowledge, can scan homes with a thermal imaging gun to search for heat patterns that could indicate a marijuana-growing operation.
All of these cases involve what are called "victimless crimes." Where previously the purpose of law enforcement was apprehending criminals in obvious crimes such as robbery, rape, murder, and assault, the emphasis now is on preventing crime, especially a rapidly growing category of victimless crimes.
According to Steve Dasbach, National Director of the Libertarian Party, "There's a reason why police aren't setting up random roadblocks to find people who have been the victims of robbery or a violent crime," he said. "In those kinds of cases, people go to the police to seek justice. But with drug and seat belt laws, there is no victim to complain."
To combat victimless crimes, police must use sting operations, paid informants, anonymous tips, snitch phone lines, warrantless searches, and high-tech surveillance. The bottom line is that in order to prevent victimless crimes, government needs to know what everyone is doing in every aspect of their lives to see if the potential citizen-criminals are behaving themselves.
The only governments that did this in the past were Communist or Fascist. Nevertheless, the war against privacy and the Bill of Rights is underway and can be expected to intensify in the name of preventing crimes. Given the increasing push for hate crimes, this will ultimately have ramifications for freedom of speech and religion.
Agencies from the IRS to Child Protective Services make abundant use of snitch lines. Health and Human Services wanted senior citizens last year to spy on their doctors by offering a reward of up to $1,000 for reporting fraud. But what distinguishes fraud from honest error in the labyrinthine maze of Medicare paperwork? The potential for harassment is enormous! This becomes more serious when one realizes civil forfeiture could be used against medical practices. Given the current direction of such laws, one false snitch and a doctor could face losing his entire practice, without prosecution — just through an accusation.
Government educrats continue data-basing school children and their families. The hunt for "at-risk" children continues with many school children being forced to fill out oftentimes illegal and invasive questionnaires soliciting non-academic information about attitudes, behavior, health, religious values, and family privacy, which is then entered on databases and transmitted to the Departments of Education or Labor and maintained on other government computers — which then becomes available to the private sector.
The most frightening aspect of all this data-basing is that the databases are being linked. By means of Executive Order 13011, President Clinton created a massive new bureaucracy in 1998 to manage "Federal Information Technology." This order links the data gathered by the Health, Education, and Labor departments to the data accessible to the FBI, CIA, EPA, and other federal agencies.
Selections from Milam's
— February 20, 1991Preventive medicine is acceptable. Preventive legislation is intolerable.
— July 27, 1995You know you're living in a police state when you realize that you're more likely to be arrested than to be mugged.
— July 27, 1996
|Letters to the Editor
To: Sam Aurelius Milam III
Subject: Re: October 2000 Frontiersman
Vintage Whine [page 2] — The least we can do is repatriate those that would claim reparations. Their ancestors were kidnapped from Africa so they should at least be entitled to a one way trip back to Africa. Let them choose the country. One condition should be the renunciation of their USA citizenship. It would be cheaper in the long run than keeping them on the welfare rolls or in prison.
Spinning Gold into Straw [page 2] — Too true. I have always said that the only reason that recreational drugs were illegal was because the government profited more than if recreational drugs were legal and taxed. The major benefit, other than the money they get from reselling confiscated drugs, bribes, skimming profits, and other confiscations, is the ability to increase their armed forces and train them in urban warfare without risking a public outcry. Match that with the benefits of legalizing drugs and the government's decision is a "no brainer".
Aristocracy, Democracy, Hypocrisy [page 3] — There are many other examples. Just about every time you turn around you hear about the USA interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. Just think of how the One World Government will act when the government does not need to restrain itself as the USA needs to restrain itself.
Reply to Jonathan; San Jose, California [page 3] — If you wish to see the extent to which the FDA will pervert its intended function of protecting the public in favor of moneyed interests, use any search engine and look up "monosodium glutamate" (including quotes).
Banner headline [page 4] — "If you have to register before you are permitted to vote, then voting isn't a right. It's a privilege." How else would you prevent fraud yet still allow those that choose to vote access to the polls? Registering allows those at the polls to quickly verify the identity of those eligible to vote. Citizenship and residency requirements have all been verified in advance.
A good issue. A bit late, but worth the wait. Perhaps you should reply to Jonathan regarding his suggestion of charging for back issues. Do you get many requests for back issues? I presume that the Metro is supported by advertisers that pay for the production and delivery costs, but not the costs associated with back issues, hence the charge for back issues.
— Sir James the Bold
Regarding voter fraud, I suggest that you examine your assumptions. Some people will be honest and others will be dishonest, but you must regard the electorate, the citizens en masse, as either trustworthy or not trustworthy. If they can be trusted, on average, then voter fraud won't be a problem. If they can't, then it's foolhardy to have a democracy.
Requiring voter registration reveals an assumption that the electorate is sufficiently dishonest, on average, that the people cannot be trusted to govern themselves. It is the political equivalent of the judicial presumption of guilt, and it makes a mockery of the idea of democracy. It also converts the right to vote into a privilege and creates a bureaucracy empowered to regulate that privilege. The bureaucracy has the power to impose any prerequisite on voting. The bureaucracy, being a part of the government, enables the government to regulate (control) the voters and the elections.
If people insist on trying to have a democracy in spite of the assumption that the electorate is dishonest, then there are better ways to handle it than voter registration. For example, all voting could take place at exactly the same time in auditoriums, theaters, stadiums, etc., throughout the land. Anybody who shows up can vote. Anybody who doesn't show up doesn't vote. Since everybody votes at the same time, nobody can vote twice.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, any government that is too big for all of its citizens to gather into one place and vote by a show of hands is too big to be a democracy. Any such government should be a federation of voluntarily participating small democracies.
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
What do you think about Bill Gates?
— Industry Analyst
Dear Industry Analyst
I suppose that if you keep 'em closed, they'll keep tha cows in as good as any other kind.
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