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As if you need a reason to stay away from NYC

Discussion in 'Legal' started by gunsmith, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. gunsmith

    gunsmith member


    Court rules NY police can search bags at subways

    Aug 11, 4:34 PM (ET)

    By Christine Kearney

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Random bag searches by New York police at subway stations are constitutional and an effective means of combating terrorism, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

    "In light of the thwarted plots to bomb New York City's subway system, its continued desirability as a target, and the recent bombings of transportation systems in Madrid, Moscow, and London, the risk to public safety is substantial and real," the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling.

    The court disagreed with the New York Civil Liberties Union, which last year sued the city claiming that the random bag searches police have conducted since July 2005 bombings on the London underground rail system were unconstitutional and would not deter an attack on America's largest subway system.

    The NYCLU had argued the searches were ineffective as police had too few checkpoints and invaded privacy rights. But the court said the testimony of three counterterrorism experts showed the value of the searches.

    "The expert testimony established that terrorists seek predictable and vulnerable targets, and the program generates uncertainty that frustrates that goal, which in turn, deters and attack," the court said.

    Among the experts who testified were Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism chief, who said he believed most U.S. transit systems were "under protected."

    The judges noted the importance of the experts' belief that the unpredictability of the searches "deters both a single-bomb attack and an attack consisting of multiple, synchronized bombings, such as those in London and Madrid."

    While the court agreed the searches compromised riders' privacy, "the kind of search at issue here minimally intrudes upon that interest" because the random searches were limited to bags that could contain explosives and last only seconds.

    The judges noted that New York's subway system had been a "prime target" in the past, including a 1997 plot to bomb Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue subway station and 2004 plot to bomb the Herald Square subway station in Manhattan.

    "Because this program authorizes police searches of all subway riders without any suspicion of wrongdoing, we continue to believe it raises fundamental constitutional questions," said New York Civil Liberties Union lawyer Chris Dunn.

    New York City's law department noted the court's decision followed Thursday's news of a terrorist plot in Britain to detonate bombs on passenger planes traveling to the United States.

    "The program -- whose constitutionality two federal courts have now recognized -- enhances the safety of millions of New York City subway riders," said Kate O'Brien Ahlers, spokeswoman for the city law department.
  2. Bill St. Clair

    Bill St. Clair Well-Known Member

    This is very bad news, because it isn't just about backpack searches on New York City subways. We're a few car bombs away from nationwide random automobile searches. Papieren bitte.
  3. Werewolf

    Werewolf Well-Known Member

    James Madison understood...
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Government looks after the interests of government first, last, and always.
  5. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    we have random car searches now
  6. mountainclmbr

    mountainclmbr Well-Known Member

    The Govt types hate the Constitution. It limits their power, not enough if you ask me. The deep thinking liberals have convinced themselves through mental acrobatics that the words of the Constitution actually mean the opposite of what they say. They like this interpretation very much. When we kill terrorists the liberals scream. When Communist countries kill millions of their own citizens the liberal "progressives" will usually say it was necessary for harmony. It is all about control of the productive class to provide for the unproductive.
  7. gunsmith

    gunsmith member

    sometimes I hate it when

    I'm right.
    Thank God that I live in NV and it's perfectly legal to carry a loaded handgun in yer car.
  8. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Hmmm. Methinks the Federal appeals judges need to learn to read.

    So much for being secure in your person and effects.

    Of course, they're probably using the Gonzalean interpretion of the 4thA that splits the first part from the second part, thereby doing away with the requirement for a warrant, and stating that any search that someone in authority considers "reasonable" is allowed. Which is BS, and opens an immense can of worms...
  9. alan

    alan Well-Known Member

    Bill St Clair:

    How long do you think it will be before "bitte" is gone, like a spring mornings dew?
  10. Creeping Incrementalism

    Creeping Incrementalism Well-Known Member

    Searching everyone going through a public area is blatantly against the 4th amendment. The fact that the check is quick and only is of certain size bags does not make it okay! But considering how blatantly the 2nd Amendment is infringed, among others, I'm not surprised about this ruling, only depressed. I just hope this doesn't spread..
  11. MrZ

    MrZ Well-Known Member

    I absolutely agree with this.

    It is PUBLIC transportation, not PRIVATE transportation.

    I would much rather have somebody get their feelings hurt than have some dirtbag blow the begeezis out of a subway car filled with innocent people.

    Defense attorney: "Your honor, my clients 4th amendment rights were COMPLETELY ignored"

    Prosecutor: "Dude...he had a back pack filled with FORTY pounds of dynamite, with "DIE INFIDEL" written on EVERY stick!"

    Judge: "Was there probable cause or a warrant issued to search Mr. Mohmuds' back pack"

    Defense attorney: "Absolutely not your honor. The officer in question used discriminatory and unlawful profiling based on the fact that my client looks like what he believed to be a muslim male."

    Prosecutor: "POLICE INTUITION based on experie..."

    Judge: /bangs gavel loudly on desk "There is NO such law that allows for "police intuition". This is obviously a violation of this mans rights...of course, he is not AMERICAN, but he is still afforded the same rights as the rest of us while he is here. COURT rules in favour of the DEFENSE!!!!"
    /bang gavel

    Prosecutor: "Your honor that's BULLSH..."

    Judge: "CASE CLOSED!!!"
  12. gunsmith

    gunsmith member

    the COTUS has been declared null & void

    in NY.

    This will not catch one single terrorist period.
    It's impossible to search every entrance.
  13. rangermonroe

    rangermonroe Well-Known Member

    When is it right to say, "No. MYOFB. " and walk away unmolested?
  14. MrZ

    MrZ Well-Known Member

    1/75 SUCKS...

    That is all.
  15. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Well-Known Member

    I know you're in Reno, and far away from Clark county, but around the 4th of July, Clark county LEOs were either doing searches on each vehicle entering Clark from neighboring Nye county, or searching incoming cars which had also made stops at fireworks shops (Nye county allows bigger fireworks than Clark). Makes my blood boil.

    Let's not even start talking about Clark county's "blue cards". Blue cards, yellow stars, all the same to me.
  16. Bill St. Clair

    Bill St. Clair Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, the word "unreasonable" is a chink in the armor that gets bigger every day. "Compelling state interest" and all that, as if a state can have an interest in anything.

    And MrZ's trial transcript is exactly how it should go. Liberty and security are often at odds. I'll take liberty every time, no matter how dangerous it may be. If the U.S. government practiced more liberty and less security, there wouldn't be as many terrorists motivated to attack us.

    alan, even the Nazis kept the "bitte" in their communications. The "or else" remains unspoken. To quote Pink Floyd: "You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to, so that when they turn their backs on you, you'll get the chance to put the knife in."
  17. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    I believe all of NYC is unreasonable. Hmmm, wonder if I can have the city declared unconstitutional?:D
  18. Turkey Creek

    Turkey Creek Well-Known Member

    I've said it a million times- The law is whatever some clown in a black robe says it is!
  19. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    If you don't like the 4th Amendment, then work to have the 4th Amendment repealed. But selectively ignoring the Bill of Rights is a really, really bad idea no matter how you slice it.

    Probable cause has always been required in order to search someone in public. Until now.

    And it's not the 4th Amendment rights of some terrorist that I'm concerned about' it's OUR 4th Amendment rights that are going down the tubes here.

    What's the difference between this, and randomly stopping cars on the highway to search them for drugs, bombs, or guns? Or randomly stopping pedestrians on the sidewalk? Or setting up millimeter-wave cameras or backscatter radar on sidewalks to catch people carrying stuff in their pockets that they shouldn't?


    "They hate for our freedoms. If we give up our freedoms, they won't hate use anymore." :scrutiny:
  20. MrZ

    MrZ Well-Known Member

    Let's look at that 4th amendment again...

    U.S. Constitution, Amendment IV:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, 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.

    Note the word "unreasonable". In MY opinion, it is NOT unreasonable for our LEO's to search carry on bags for those using PUBLIC transportation.

    Note the words "but upon probable cause". In MY opinion there absolutely IS probable cause to search those bags.

    The Probable cause: Muslim extremists have vowed to continue to attack our country, and have done so twice already. Said extremists have already conducted two similar types of attacks, one in London, and one in Madrid, both of which were executed by infiltrating explosives aboard the train in backpacks/bags carried aboard by said muslim dirtball extremists.

    So, again, in MY opinion, any searches conducted by LEO's of bags/backpacks entering public transportation is absolutely constitutional. There IS probable cause to do so, and it is NOT unreasonable due to our current world situation.

    "I've said it a million times- The law is whatever some clown in a black robe says it is!"

    Sad but true...

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