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Supreme Court: Cops Can Pull People Over for Wrong Reason http://b4in.org/rD8u

In 2009, Nicholas Heien of North Carolina was pulled over for having one broken brake light. Having one working brake light is legal in North Carolina. However, upon searching, the officer allegedly found cocaine and Heien was arrested and charged for attempted drug trafficking.

Attorneys argued that the law would have made Heien’s search and ensuing arrest invalid.

On Monday, in an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that police officers can make traffic stops for the wrong reasons, as long as they have “reasonable” working knowledge of the law they are enforcing… This means that a mistaken idea of the law would not invalidate sequential searches and arrests on that basis.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote:

To be reasonable is not to be perfect, and so the Fourth Amendment allows for some mistakes on the part of government officials, giving them ‘fair leeway for enforcing the law in the community’s protection.’

NBC News reports:

The lone dissenter, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said an officer’s mistake about the law, no matter how reasonable, “cannot support the individualized suspicion necessary” to justify an arrest.

Obviously, one should never give permission for a car search without a warrant, as Heien apparently did. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has covered that ground too, when they ruled that K9 units were essentially search warrants on a leash (Florida v. Harris, 2013). And, these dogs are trained to “hit” just about every vehicle they encounter. If they weren’t trained to do so, one would have to ponder their stunning inaccuracy rate.

As a buttress for the ruling on Monday, in 2012 the Supreme Court let stand a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Brooks v. City of Seattle, allowing police officers who don’t know their actions violate the law to be considered innocent.

Recently, I reported how a cop was alerting other cops of a little-known Supreme Court ruling in the late 1980s essentially doing away with the idea that there is such a thing as excessive force. That is, if other cops can consider the actions reasonable – there’s that word again. (Good grief)

Aside from what’s listed above – constitutional attorney John W.Whitehead provided 14 other ways the Supreme Court built the police state and destroyed your rights. All of his listings happened within the last 10 years; most in the last couple of years.
In other words, now you know of 18 ways SCOTUS has sold Americans down the bloody river. If that’s not enough to show people they actually live behind occupied lines – nothing will.

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Federal Court Throws Out Six Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance http://b4in.org/pDBg

On December 15, Judge Edward Shea issued his written opinion in United States v. Vargas, which you can read here.

The public got an early holiday gift today when a federal court agreed with us that six weeks of continuously video recording the frontyard of someone’s home without a search warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.

In United States v. Vargas local police in rural Washington suspected Vargas of drug trafficking. In April 2013, police installed a camera on top of a utility pole overlooking his home. Even though police did not have a warrant, they nonetheless pointed the camera at his front door and driveway and began watching every day.

A month later, police observed Vargas shoot some beer bottles with a gun and because Vargas was an undocumented immigrant, they had probable cause to believe he was illegally possessing a firearm. They used the video surveillance to obtain a warrant to search his home, which uncovered drugs and guns, leading to a federal indictment against Vargas.

Vargas moved to suppress the evidence and Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edward Shea invited us to submit an amicus brief, which we filed late last year. After an evidentiary hearing, the judge wanted more information about the specific surveillance equipment the government was using, details the government was unsuccessful in keeping secret.

Today Judge Shea issued this brief minute order:

Law enforcement’s warrantless and constant covert video surveillance of Defendant’s rural front yard is contrary to the public’s reasonable expectation of privacy and violates Defendant’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search. The video evidence and fruit of the video evidence are suppressed.

Looking at these two sentences makes clear the court was convinced with our arguments that the invasiveness of constant video surveillance pointed continuously at one of the most sensitive and private places—the front of a person’s home—triggers constitutional protection. Relying on cases decided almost 30 years ago, the government argued that it’s unreasonable for people to expect privacy in an area visible to the public. But as we explained in our amicus brief, no one expects their house to be placed under invasive 24/7 video surveillance for a month. And as the U.S. Supreme Court recently reaffirmed in Riley v. California, the ability for technology to reveal a “broad array of private information” means courts must be particularly vigilant in protecting constitutional rights in the 21st Century.

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How Diet Sodas Mess With Your Brain (Video) http://b4in.org/dCja

We have known for some time that drinking sodas can lead to an almost infinite amount of health complications, but what about diet soda? Actually, diet soda is not at all a healthful alternative to soda, as the artificial sweeteners added to the beverages can also cause all sorts of problems. What’s more, these artificial sweeteners mess with your brain in numerous ways – often even causing you to consume more than you normally would.

Numerous studies have drawn a link between various illnesses and diet sodas – or at least with the artificial sweeteners. Research has found that drinking these beverages can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, and even obesity – a primary issue many are trying to avoid by choosing the drink. So is diet soda bad for you? You bet.

One of those studies, from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science further, investigated the correlation between artificial sweeteners, and weight gain and diabetes. The study, published in the scientific journal Nature, had some compelling findings that may explain the previous contradicting results:

People consuming artificial sweeteners had overall higher blood sugars than those who rarely or never did. Some saw an increase in their blood sugars with just one week of consuming the fake sugars.
Mice given the artificial sweeteners gained just as much weight and had higher blood sugars than the ones given regular sugar despite consuming less calories!

Drinking diet sodas even affects us on a cellular level. We can attribute this to diet sodas containing bizarre ingredients like mold inhibitors (not found in sugary sodas) often listed as sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate. Peter Piper of the University of Sheffield says these chemicals “have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it.” Be wary of these ingredients if you want to steer clear of hives, asthma, and other allergic reactions, too.

Unfortunately, the negative effects don’t stop at the physical. In addition to the physical effects of diet soda, it can also mess with your brain. Check out the video below from CNN to find out just how artificial sweeteners like aspartame trick our brains, often leading to the exact opposite outcome many people seek from diet soda.

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