In a victory for transparency and civilization, the Supreme Court has rejected a law banning the taping of police. The Illinois law set a maximum prison term of 15 years for recording law enforcement officers. This is one of the most important civil liberties issues for our future as citizens. On this - no compromise, ever.
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- Porcia: You may have law, but you dont have order. So, what good does the law do if it only represents a certain few that can afford it rather than representing everyone?.. It does no good.. its called railroading, justice for sale, fascism call it what you want.. but, it is not democracy and it is not justice..And, it surely isn't what I enlisted into the military to put my life on the line for. When I raised my hand and took my oath, I swore to defend "The People of The United States".... not only the few people who could privately afford it.....Nov 29, 2012
- Law enforcement works* best when it's applied evenly and fairly, and visibly so.
* assuming the function of law enforcement is to encourage people not to kill each other and generally be nice. If you're goal is to just oppress, then inconsistency works pretty well.Nov 29, 2012
- Porcia: No, I dont read any disrespect into what you said...In actuality, That is exactly what I enlisted to defend.. How could I take offense to it, your response sounds quite simlilar to the first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. Dont get me wrong, I am not trying to point fingers at the whole court system. Like in this case, the courts did the correct thing. Although I am saying we need to take a good look at the way we balance the scales before we pat ourselves on the back. Yet, the point in what I am saying is that if the court rooms have nothing to hide about the way they balance the scales of justice, then there should not be a problem with someone video taping it and coming under public scrutiny. I can understand the high profile cases.. and in those cases, more than likely media is already covering it.. And, I am not talking just about trial cases. Yet, the smaller more common cases..Nov 29, 2012
- Porcia: Yet, thats what I am saying is that these individuals need to be held accountable.. And, by allowing video recording to go on in the court room by the public, you judges, and public officials will think twice.. This way, if you hold them accountable by public scrutiny, next election that comes up, maybe that judge, prosecutor, or sheriff wont be elected. Your mishap sound eerily similar to what happened to me.. I live on a dead end street. I own the end lot. The county wanted to extend this road out to the highway. Yet, I am not going to sell because it would force me to have a smaller lot, and keep me from building a house on my lot. Plus, we as the neighborhood dont want the constant flow of traffic through here. So, in an attempt to get ahold of my property, the county sent a Seriff to my house along with a local DTF, kicked my doors down, trashed my trailer, and tried condemning my property saying I had a meth lab in my trailer. Now, one problem with the prosecutors theory that was not taken into affect.... The house was sealed, and I was in Iraq... Now, if I did not borrow $10k from a relief fund, and have hazmat testing performed on my trailer, I would have lost my property. If I did not have a JAG lawyer guiding me on the process while overseas, And his connections with other lawyers in my area, I would have lost my property because I would have never been able to afford testing, and a private lawyer on my own. Now, I am out about $15k because the so called "System" attempted to steal my property. Not to mention items missing from my home.Nov 29, 2012
- General topic was predicted and explored in detail in my nonfiction book: The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? Won the freedom of speech award.Dec 2, 2012
- David: That's an awesome topic... I being Signal with the military, and a Computer Technician in the civilian world truly understand the bound of security vs freedom when paralleled with technology. I totally agree that limits need to be put in place when it comes to the claims of electronic security, surveillance and Freedom.. Is it Security, or is it Entrapment and Theft of ones rights?Dec 6, 2012