Thursday, March 30, 2006

Government Buildings and Civil Rights Outrages

Bureaucrats and politicians have become increasingly heavy handed over the last three decades. These government officials tax more, confiscate more and tread on Americans with ever increasing efficiency.

All this government muscle flexing has caused these same officials to become panicky of the citizens whose lives they change. What’s the solution to their angst? Americans entering the buildings are searched just like criminals without a warrant or probable cause.

The officials ordering these un-Constitutional outrages are quick to exempt themselves from the indignity as they waive their government identification cards as they bypass the checkpoints. Such is the case within the Halls of Congress.

I had to chuckle when I read about Georgia's 4th Congressional District's own Representative, Cynthia McKinney’s latest scuffle with Capitol police at a search checkpoint. McKinney reportedly ignored an officer as she whizzed by as he called for her to stop. When the officer grabbed McKinney by the arm she struck the officer with her cell-phone. This time McKinney will visit with a judge as she faces an assault charge.

This was not an isolated incident. In August 1993, during her first term in office, a Capitol Hill police officer did not recognize McKinney and tried to prevent her from bypassing a metal detector. That rhubarb was so nasty that the Capitol cops plastered her picture at the searching checkpoints. It seems McKinney does not like wearing her Congressional ID pin.

A few years later she passed a checkpoint when the cops mistook a White helper as a Congresswoman as they briefly detained McKinney. The fallout from that made news again, as the politician was quick to scream racism.

I have to take sides here with McKinney. She should not be subjected to this kind of humiliation. Neither should any other American. If the politicians are so afraid of Americans perhaps it’s time to repeal a few laws and return some freedom.

Lets eliminate the search checkpoints and bring back the Bill of Rights.

McKinney's Statement about the latest event.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coppers entering court don't have to go through metal detectors, but they have to show their ID to the deputies at the door. You show your ID, you pass through.

She could have shown her ID, and passed right through. I'm sure the capitol copper would have exchanged pleasantries with her too. What is wrong with good manners?

She sounds like an asshole to me. Too full of herself to be bothered identifying herself. Who does she think she is? Tyra Banks? Hillary Clinton? Julia Roberts? Halle Berry? Sorry Congresswoman, but not everyone knows you. You're one of 435 members of Congress, not the Lord Almighty.

Crimefile said...

In the early 1970s there was an escape attempt and shooting involving condemned prisoner Gene “Iceman” Lewis. Lewis shot two victims and was killed in short order by Det. Corssett Hamilton and Ptlm. Blackie McDonald. I responded just as the last two shots were fired. The marble walls really amplified the gunshots!

Within a day, Presiding Judge Joe Power ordered the search program. There were no metal detectors and every search was by hand.

For the first month alone the average guns recovered were around 30-35. Knives, clubs and enough drugs to keep the hypes flying for years were everywhere.

Many people turned around before they could be searched and quietly got rid of their contraband.

Ms. McKinney acted like the dope she is and now will face the music. No I don’t like searching people entering airports or any building. That’s un-American!

Anonymous said...

I think they should issue handguns to all willing adult citizens as they enter the capitol. If anyone pulled one to *try* to assassinate a congressperson, the shooter would have a life expectancy of about three seconds!