Monday, June 30, 2008

FREEDOM NOTES

MSNBC’s Michael Isikoff told MSNBC, "The Homeland Security Department is talking about expanding the program to use military satellites really, for domestic purposes. They say the primary driver is natural disasters - like the recent flooding in the Midwest - to pinpoint areas that are most hard hit and to help with responses, first responses. But they also leave open the possibility that this could be used for other purposes, law enforce many purposes. Tracking potential terrorists but also tracking potential drug operations. And that is where the concerns about civil liberty abuses come in. First of all, there are strict laws about the act that limits the use of the U.S. military for law enforcement purposes. But the precision of these satellites, they can literally capture crystal clear images of your car as you leave the studio this afternoon. And capture them in computer databases - in the government computer databases." Raw Story

Acting Flint Police Chief David R. Dicks announced that officers will begin arresting people wearing pants or shorts that sag too low exposing rear ends. "This immoral self expression goes beyond free speech," said Dicks in a statement released Thursday. "It rises to the crime of indecent exposure/disorderly persons.". . .Greg Gibbs, an ACLU attorney in Flint, said how people wear their clothing is a form of expression but cautions that not all of those forms are protected by the Constitution. "The issue is: Does it violate the First Amendment?" said Gibbs, adding he plans to research the issue further. Mondoglobo

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