Jackson-Lee: Burning the 4th Amendment

Sheila Jackson Lee needs a constitutional refresher:

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.

Here’s an a program she’s currently implementing:

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, during a press conference on Friday. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston (METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, “ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior.”

The proper response to this ought to be outright defiance. The police or TSA have absolutely no right to randomly search anything of yours. Remember, these people don’t just believe the 2nd Amendment is dead letter. They would willingly destroy every freedom in America if given half the chance.

h/t to Thirdpower

14 thoughts on “Jackson-Lee: Burning the 4th Amendment”

  1. Yeah, it’s only a matter of time before ground transit will be subject to the same level of scrutiny as air travel. We will look back to the good ‘ol days when we could hop on a Septa bus without waiting in a security checkpoint line, just as we look back now at the days when we could smoke inside of bars. Things will only get more strict. They never get looser. The expiration of the AWB was the exception, not the rule.

  2. I agree that this is a very large abuse of (perceived) power. If this program should come to fruition, I would assume that Sheila would be the first to scream “racial profiling” when it is revealed that a disproportional percentage of offenders share her melanin level.

  3. Sometimes I think they just want to exercise control over us above all else. It feels to me like they want to herd us onto public transportation so they can lord over us.

  4. Dogs? Sniff searches? Well, OK. Anyone know how to make synthetic cocaine that the mutts will like? I have a salt shaker I’m not using at the moment…..

    1. Salt blended with chicken blood and cayenne, dry and grind into fine powder. Poor puppy.

  5. I’m pretty sure the k9 dogs are just a scam anyway. Police just pretend like their dog smells something so they can invent themselves some “probable cause”.

    1. Not entirely, but a lot of that clearly happens and it can even be unconscious, when the officer is of good will but e.g. feels he’s onto something. Dogs are good at picking up those sorts of unconscious cues.

  6. My dogs go nuts for Pup-Peroni, I wonder what a few of those stashed in a bag or pocket would do to the K9s invading our lives or how they react to a concealed firearm.

    These people won’t stop until they control every aspect of our lives. They already control the light bulbs we can buy, the toilets we use, the intoxicants we choose, the types of cars we are allowed to buy etc etc etc on and on and on. They want to rule over our daily lives because we are too stupid and they are soooo smart.

  7. This looks like it’s straight out of the Soviet KGB handbook. Any bets on how long before they start issuing required travel passes?

    “Dokumenty, pozhaluista.”

    1. Ah, but since Commies are still cool, perhaps go with the German “Papiere, bitte”?

  8. Sick just sick. I’ll be openly be resisting all of this. Filming of course, to protect against contempt of cop charges.

  9. wow…I thought for a second this was an April Fool’s joke that just missed April 1st then saw the day it was published…unreal.

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