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Ted Rall: Sexual Assault Vs. Reasonable Search
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2013-06-07 19:48:52



Ted Rall: The Circular Logic of Fascism
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2013-03-04 11:52:27



The U.S. Supreme Court: Architects of the American Police State
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2013-02-27 16:16:14

“The unspoken power dynamics in a police/civilian encounter will generally favor the police, unless the civilian is a local sports hero, the mayor, or a giant who is impervious to bullets.” – Journalist Justin Peters

From time to time throughout history, individuals have been subjected to charges (and eventual punishment) by accusers whose testimony was treated as infallible and inerrant. Once again, we find ourselves repeating history, only this time, it’s the police whose testimony is too often considered beyond reproach and whose accusations have the power to render one’s life over.

In the police state being erected around us, the police can probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts. Making matters worse, however, police dogs – cute, furry, tail-wagging mascots with a badge – have now been elevated to the ranks of inerrant, infallible, sanctimonious accusers with the power of the state behind them. This is largely due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Florida V. Harris, in which the court declared roadside stops to be Constitution-free zones where police may search our vehicles based upon a hunch and the presence of a frisky canine.

This is what one would call a slow death by a thousand cuts, only it’s the Fourth Amendment being inexorably bled to death. This latest wound, in which a unanimous Supreme Court determined that police officers may use drug-sniffing dogs to conduct warrantless searches of cars during routine traffic stops, comes on the heels of recent decisions by the court that give police the green light to taser defenseless motorists, strip-search nonviolent suspects arrested for minor incidents, and break down people’s front doors without evidence that they have done anything wrong.


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Ted Rall: Why Stop There?
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2013-01-11 19:05:49



Ted Rall: Politics Are Forever
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2012-07-07 21:39:44






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