The 4th Circuit Pees on the 4th Amendment

Are we in a police state yet? When’re we gonna be there? I have to go potty! Are we in a police state yet? I want ice cream! Where’s the fascism?

  • Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens in “Wartime” [via]

    A federal appeals court ruled today that the president can indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in the absence of criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital during wartime to protect the nation from terrorist attacks.
    The decision was written by Judge J. Michael Luttig, who is one of a number of people under consideration by President Bush for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • FEMA sets up detainment camps:

    He then precedes to tell us that some churches had already enquired into whether they could send a van or bus on Sundays to pick up any occupants of their cabins who might be interested in attending church. FEMA will not allow this. The occupants of the camp cannot leave the camp for any reason. If they leave the camp they may never return. They will be issued FEMA identification cards and “a sum of money” and they will remain within the camp for the next 5 months.

    My mother then asked if the churches would be allowed to come to their cabin and conduct services if the occupants wanted to attend. The response was “No ma’am. You don’t understand. Your church no longer owns this building. This building is now owned by FEMA and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.”

    And it gets better in the official rebuttal:

    We knew from the start that we needed additional security at the site so Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers were assigned in double shifts to protect those “guests” from the media and other “well concerned citizens”.
    We are trying to protect our Louisiana friends from the criminal element and bad people that might want harm done to them. This is the reason Apples and Oranges were not allowed. I wonder if this lady allowed her children to go around on Thanksgiving and accept open candy from strangers.

    Emergency management flunkies have clearly been working themselves to the bone to put the citizenry in their proper, subordinate places, and that’s admirable – but such elementary cultural errors mean it’s probably time to take a power nap. Just lock the door first, so the nasty media don’t get you.


  1. Rana wrote:

    I’d heard bits of this sort of thing, but not the full details. Oy.
    *bangs head softly against the wall several times*

  2. Sabine wrote:

    Geeez. Gah… Scary!

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