Originally posted on my old (now defunct) blog shortly after the Boston Bombing; however, with the events unfolding in Ferguson, MO., it seemed appropriate to re-post it today.
Original post date 4/22/13:
Over at Anti-War, a recent post shows the height from which the U.S. has fallen. The image is disturbing; it shows a uniformed SWAT team member in a armored car, pointing an assault rifle (those same kind that the government has deemed to be dangerous and need to be taken away from us) at a citizen in their own house who dared to peer out their window at the government circus parade as it drove through the suburbs of Boston, going door-to-door infringing upon people’s constitutionally protect right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” (4th amendment).
While the war drums have already started beating as people pronounce judgment on militant Islam, jihad, and anything that remotely resembles anti-American sentiment (whatever that is), it is important that we remember a few things; first, the Constitution does not permit warrantless searches in any circumstance, and second, as the great founder Benjamin Franklin once stated, “they that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Nowhere is this more clearly seen that in the events which have transpired in the last week. We must remember that no matter how heinous the crimes committed by the brothers Tsarnaev, circumventing our liberties is never ok and merely opens the door to further intrusion and breakdown of our freedom as Americans. As we sit idle and allow the government to eviscerate the Constitution, we embrace the government’s Orwellian approach to law. See for yourself; as we exchange our liberties for security in the state, the results are more than just a little shocking.
A nice video of a warrant less search in Boston:
Anyone not disturbed by the images of our blossoming totalitarian state going door to door, need to remember that when we do not decry unconstitutional actions by the state, we set the precedent that government will use against us the next time they decide to act in their own interests above our given rights.
H/T to AntiWar.com