"The [Supreme] Court during the past decade let police obtain search
warrants on the strength of anonymous tips. It did away with the need
for warrants when police want to search luggage, trash cans, car
interiors, bus passengers, fenced private property and barns."
Dan Baum
American author, columnist
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 -- Anonymous      
And that is exactly what happens...in a police state.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    J Carlton nailed it.
     -- jim k, austin     
    J has it right (though he then votes against the quality of the quote which is verbally supporting the accuracy of, strange & inconsistent)... and the content of that court has been determined by the GOP congress and/or the GOP president during this time frame... Thank-you King George W & Czar Neut.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    Reston, I suppose I was voting against the reality of the quote...5 stars for the clarity.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    If 'King George' was so bad, why hasn't the Democratic majority restored the rights taken during W's tenure? Oh, that's right, they are ALL statists. Clinton did the same thing (good ol' Janet Reno). When we remove the very safeguards of our liberty in order to protect our liberty what the hell are we really doing? Wake up from the hypnotic sleep. Obama and the current Congress have not restored one right taken away by Bush & co. They are all power-hungry elite that do not care one iota about you. Thumbs down for the reality of the quote.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    What decade?
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    THAT is what happened under W's reign!
     -- rocket, upland CA     
    That IS what is happening in Obamao's reign.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Corporate, right-wing, fascism here we come... Don't worry you Fox, Beck, fans socialism is way out there in another galaxy - yes, we have corporate socialism which is one step away from right-wing fascism. Unless of course the people can bring about a true liberal democrat nation and that may take some serious hardship.
     -- RBESRQ     
    Just remember, just as the crash and burn tactics of the last republican administration that got the legislation it did shoved down our throats, (the patriot act, the invasion of Iraq the most notable), the next crash and burn tactics of the current administration is going to get it's legislation shoved down our throats before the republicans regain the administration due to the crash and burn of this administration and here is where I say stop and pay attention. Does anybody in the know really believe that anybody not wanted in office will not be allowed to get elected and even if someone who may be good intentioned (Ron Paul?) gets in, he will get no where without the help of like minded members of government? Does anyone believe this crash and burn by this administration is not known to the elite puppet masters that run our government? To get the health care passed and whatever more power it can centralize with the time it has left before getting kicked out by the "other side" of the same coin? Business will go on as usual and we will probably be at "war" with Iran or some other disastrous event that will bring the patriot act into action. The whole purpose of this administration is the same as the last and the same as the one to come, CENTRALIZE POWER. The quetion remains as to how much they can grab before people say enough is enough and take back their rights. Hmmm...do the elite have this eventuality covered as well? and
     -- Anon     
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