Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Helen Risser snags a Spotty!

the_spotty Edina resident Helen Risser wins the coveted Spotty™ for this letter in the Star Tribune today, Tuesday, September 28th.

Given the information reported in the Sept. 25 front-page article "Terrorism probe prompts FBI raids," there seems to be a clear case of injustice.

A person's opposition to war is no grounds for suspecting them of having terrorism links.

Among the first rights guaranteed to us in our Constitution are freedom of speech, freedom to protest and freedom of assembly.

The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure.

If these no longer matter in the struggle to end terrorism, what law does apply?


Remember, boys and girls, a Spotty™ is awarded to the author of an op-ed piece, a letter to the editor, or a blog post or comment that Spot wishes he had written himself.


Tom said...

Shall we wait for the whole story to play out (if the authorities can indeed release all of their information to the general public) before we declare injustice?

blogspotdog said...

"[I]f the authorities can indeed release all of their information." That's really the crux of the matter, isn't it? The chances are excellent that the matter will disappear and the FBI will just declare the whole affair a matter of state security.

I always find it curious and amusing, no, make that appalling, that conservatives who ordinarily have such a poisoned view of government seem happy to let law enforcement savage our civil rights with hardly a whimper.

Tom said...

Wait or declare?  That was the question.  Take any problems with the FBI to the Administration...

blogspotdog said...

From Chris Floyd:

<span>Antiwar activist Mick Kelly, whose home was raided, sees the FBI raids as harassment to intimidate those who organize war protests. I wonder if Kelly is underestimating the threat. The FBI’s own words clearly indicate that the federal police agency and the judges who signed the warrants do not regard antiwar protesters as Americans exercising their Constitutional rights, but as unpatriotic elements offering material support to terrorism.</span>