March 25, 2008
It’s not working, much to the displeasure of the Boston cops.
“Boston police officials, surprised by intense opposition from residents, have significantly scaled back and delayed the start of a program that would allow officers to go into people’s homes and search for guns without a warrant,” reports the Boston Globe. “The program, dubbed Safe Homes, was supposed to start in December, but has been delayed at least three times because of misgivings in the community. March 1 was the latest missed start date.”
It should be dubbed homes outside the purview of the Fourth Amendment. But thankfully some residents and community groups have a handle on the scheme, designed to get people accustomed to surrendering their liberty. “One community group has been circulating a petition against the plan. Police officials trying to assuage residents’ fears have been drowned out by criticism at some meetings with residents and elected officials.”
“Police would ask parents or legal guardians for permission to search homes where juveniles ages 17 and under are believed to be holding illegal guns,” the Globe continues. “Police would only enter homes into which they have been invited and, once inside, would only search the rooms of the juveniles.”
Bostonians are not buying it, though. It is not so much the flimsy rules about what is to be searched. It is rather the very idea of allowing police to enter without justification coupled with a search warrant issued by a judge.
Meanwhile, in the District of Criminals, the cops are having difficulty with an anti-Fourth Amendment scheme of their own. “D.C. police are going door-to-door Monday in one of the city’s crime-plagued neighborhoods, asking residents for permission to search their homes for guns and other illegal contraband,” reports ABC News 7. “The program, called the Safe Homes Initiative, will offer homeowners and renters limited amnesty for possessing any contraband found by police.”
Notice the identical name with the striking difference that the district scheme will snoop out “other illegal contraband” as well. Of course, this could be almost anything in your home, epsecially considering the fact police departments now strive to hire cops with the IQ average of a dullard, unable to tell rosemary from marijunana and table salt from cocaine.
In an effort to soften people up — in other words, brainwash those least able to resist, the kids — the D.C. police “department initiated its program by distributing literature at police stations and Boys and Girls Clubs to gauge public interest. It plans to begin the searches in two weeks.”
“Police spokeswoman Traci Hughes said the Safe Home program attempts to reach parents or guardians who think or know their children have guns and will offer amnesty for certain gun- and drug-possession charges,” reports the Washington Times.
For “certain gun- and drug-possession charges,” in short for none, as the point will be to show off the programâ€™s smashing success and the number of criminals apprehended.
In response, the ACLU dispatched workers to hand out window signs. “To the Police: NO CONSENT TO SEARCH OUR HOME,” the signs declare.
Of course, this will surely anger the police and the government, under orders to induce compliance and obedience in the masses, beginning with the children at their Boys and Girls Clubs. As Orwell knew, subserviance to the state begins with the little ones.
“D.C. Council member Marion Barry said the plan violates the Fourth Amendment, which bars illegal search and seizure. He also said it infringes on parental responsibility.”
It looks like our rulers will have to go back to the drawing table on this one. Or they may be obliged to engineer another 9/11 or Katrina event to break down the will of the people, most who simply want to be left alone without police intervention and the intrusions of the state.
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