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Archive for 16 May 2009
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Golf balls are bombarding the Port of Everett and anti-terrorism cameras are being trained on a residential neighborhood to hunt down the source.
Port officials believe someone on Rucker Hill is whacking golf balls down the hill onto port property, endangering dozens of workers and millions of dollars worth of equipment and cargo.
Ok, this is probably not a good idea. Putting folks in danger isn’t exactly very bright.
“We’re trying to use any means possible to stop it, aside from posting somebody in the field of fire all day and night,” said Ed Madura, a port security official.
The port says the flying golf balls constitute a threat to personal safety. Pointing video surveillance cameras toward the likely source is an appropriate use of the equipment, port officials say.
In the eyes of at least one resident in the Rucker Hill neighborhood southwest of downtown, swiveling the cameras from the fence line to the neighborhood is an invasion of privacy.
Now, if they are turning the cameras on a private residence, I have issues. If they are watching the port, this is probably a good idea, considering the crap going on.
“Hitting golf balls is a problem, but if they turn their cameras up on the neighborhood and spy on us, that’s a bigger problem,” said David Mascarenas, a neighborhood watchdog who has for years fought the port to improve the community’s access to public land.
The cameras were paid for, along with fencing and other security equipment, with $2.3 million in grants from the Department of Homeland Security following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Now, I know that we need security on our ports, but why aren’t they spending money on our borders? I’d say odds are, there is a LOT more to worry about coming across the border, especially the SOUTHERN one, than there is in the ports right now. Actually, BOTH are extremely important, but I’d like to see the invasion stopped.
Before the attacks, the Everett port had open terminals and only minimal security. People who live in the surrounding neighborhoods often would walk down and drop crab pots off piers that are now blocked by tall cyclone fences topped with razor wire.
Let me get this straight…..all this security, paid for by the taxpayers, is preventing those same taxpayers from making use of their own waters? Oh wait a minute….I forgot….we don’t have any right to the water anymore, and if Feingold gets his way, we won’t have any right to the puddles in our own front yards from a rain storm. Hmmm….
“It’s been going on for a while, but it’s been getting a lot worse the last couple of days,” port spokeswoman Lisa Lefeber said.
I guess the folks are getting more pissed off, OR….someone is a really crappy golfer and is trying to improve their swing by aiming at the cameras?
Three of my four, doing what they do best.
Indiana Says “No” to Cap and Tax – The Asian Badger
Guess which cat voted for Barry O… – Hasenpfeffer Incorporated
Obama’s Fuzzy Jobs Math – The Black Sphere
How The US Became A Socialist Nation And Got Socialized Medicine To Boot! – The American TEA Party
A rose by any other name – Camp4U
Federal financial meltdown – dead ahead – No Runny Eggs
Another Child Killed By A Criminal Invader – The Political Jungle
Even The White House Can’t Avoid Illegals – Stop the ACLU
Your Federal Taxes went up 81%. No one told you? – Taxing Tennessee
Another Right Stripped Away – silent E speaks
Here’s Your Sign – Newscoma
GOP backs CIA in dispute with Pelosi – Texas Fred’s
Poor Joe – Barack Obama’s Teleprompter
Daily Ducati Moment – Get Stewed
2009-05-15 Morning pixels – Kay Brooks
Liberalism vs. Leftism – The Cutting Edge
Tennessee Republicans Think You’re Stupid – VOLuntarily Conservative
Jones County MS Don’t Like Radical Extremists With Ron Paul Stickers and Motorhome Diaries Update – Blue Collar Republican
Stock Dem Solution: Wealth Redistribution – Malignant Liberal Idiocy
Lose your job? Get free Viagra. – Stepping Right Up!
Obama to free four Iranian “diplomats” in swap for U.S. journalist? – creeping sharia
Behind the ‘Not One Red Cent’ Rebellion – Hot Air
Motorists stopped for traffic violations in Tennessee could be fingerprinted if state lawmakers approve a bill pending in the legislature.
Currently, when drivers are cited during traffic stops, police officers ask for the driver’s signature on the ticket, but the proposed bill would allow police departments to eliminate signatures and collect fingerprints.
Supporters say collecting fingerprints would save money and help police determine whether the driver is wanted for a criminal offense, but opponents worry that it allows the government to tread on individual privacy rights.
This kind of bill brings up all kinds of questions. On the one hand, law enforcement would be able to discover if the person they stopped for speeding has any warrants out on them, or is wanted in connection, or questioning, or whatever, but then, they can do that when they run their name and license, right? Assuming of course, they give their REAL name, and the license isn’t a forgery. On the other hand, this is an invasion of privacy. Being forced to give your fingerprints? For a speeding ticket? Not a real good idea.
Obviously, I’m no lawyer, and I’m sure not a Contitutional lawyer, don’t even play one on TV, but it seems to me, this would be a violation of the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:
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.
And a violation of Sec. 7 of the Tennessee Constitution:
That the people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions, from unreasonable searches and seizures; and that general warrants, whereby an officer may be commanded to search suspected places, without evidence of the fact committed, or to seize any person or persons not named, whose offences are not particularly described and supported by evidence, are dangerous to liberty and ought not to be granted.
Being forced to provide your finger prints, for a speeding ticket doesn’t quite mesh with that being ‘secure in their persons’ part, and is ‘dangerous to liberty’.
There will be some who say, “well, if they aren’t speeding….breaking the law….they have nothing to worry about, right?” That may be true, but who’s to say they won’t take it even farther. How about crossing the street against the light? Should you be fingerprinted for that? How about letting the parking meter expire?
State Sen. Joe Haynes and State Rep. Mike Stewart co-sponsored the bill, which gives police departments the choice of collecting a signature or a fingerprint, or collecting a signature and a fingerprint. The bill has been approved by the state House of Representatives, and senators will vote on the measure Wednesday.
I notice the party affiliation was left off, so I looked these guys up. What a surprise! They are both Democrats. The Tennessee legislature website doesn’t give party affiliation for the rep who vote, but I did discover that my state rep, Vance Dennis, was bright enough to vote “NO”. That brings him back up a notch or two. As best I can figure, my state senator, Delores Gresham, didn’t vote at all? Maybe I’m just confused.
“This police department (Nashville) intends to use the fingerprint the same way as a signature is currently used,” Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. “If a person who has stolen someone’s identity gives a wrong name, an officer will be able to catch that immediately. And, if they have an outstanding warrant, be it for a misdemeanor or a serious felony, an officer will be able to see that as well.”
Yes, as I said, there is a plus side to this bill, but…..
If police departments use the fingerprints as Metro intends, then that’s enough reassurance for Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Well, if the ACLU is for it, then, golly gee….. (insert massive sarcasm here)
“As long as the police department is ensuring that it will not create a database using the fingerprints collected on traffic citations and that those fingerprints will be used only to identify the person being stopped and for no other purposes,” Weinberg said, “then the police department appears to be using the technology appropriately.”
Is she serious? This is the bunch that defends pedophilia, but won’t stand up for the 1st Amendment when it comes to Christians? I think I’ll have to pass.
But Rep. Stacey Campfield, a Knoxville Republican, is skeptical and takes issue with the legislation. “If someone said this 15 to 20 years ago, people would be rioting about it. Now it just seems like a lot of people are giving up and giving away their freedoms,” Campfield said. “It’s scary. I really think that these fingerprints will be used to create a database eventually, if not right away. If you don’t think it is, then you’re just kidding yourself.”
Smart guy, that Stacey! Wish we had more like him! And I agree. People would have taken to the streets, but no longer. They just continue to hand over all their rights to a government entity, and say, “Take care of me.”
I find it amazing that the people in this country, daily, are giving up everything that was so hard won. Blood was shed to give them those rights, and they toss them away like they were nothing. Even their own fingerprints. Make no mistake! This will escalate, and they will be tracking you. We may, or may not, have the technology now, but there will come a day when you will have to give your fingerprint to even buy a can of beans, or even use a public toilet.
I guess the sentiment of Pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem could apply here as well. They came for the speeders, but I don’t speed, so it was no concern of mine. When will it be our concern? When there is no one left to shout to the rafters that this is wrong? No, I’m not equating traffic tickets with Nazi Germany. I’m equating the lack of action of rational people, to allow these types of bills, that obviously are a violation of liberties, to continue. All it takes is one step.