Archive for the ‘Constitution’ Category

Dick Cheney to get impeached by Congressman Dennis Kucinich?

April 18, 2007

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), the most liberal of the Democratic presidential candidates in the primary field, declared in a letter sent to his Democratic House colleagues this morning that he plans to file articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.

Sources tell the Sleuth that in light of the mass killings at Virginia Tech Monday, Kucinich’s impeachment plans have been put on hold. There will be no action this week, they say.


US government versus scholar?

April 10, 2007

“On 1 March 07, I was scheduled to fly on American Airlines to Newark, NJ, to attend an academic conference at Princeton University, designed to focus on my latest scholarly book, Constitutional Democracy, published by Johns Hopkins University Press this past Thanksgiving.”

“When I tried to use the curb-side check in at the Sunport, I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list. I was instructed to go inside and talk to a clerk. At this point, I should note that I am not only the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence (emeritus) but also a retired Marine colonel. I fought in the Korean War as a young lieutenant, was wounded, and decorated for heroism. I remained a professional soldier for more than five years and then accepted a commission as a reserve office, serving for an additional 19 years.”

“I presented my credentials from the Marine Corps to a very polite clerk for American Airlines. One of the two people to whom I talked asked a question and offered a frightening comment: “Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that.” I explained that I had not so marched but had, in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution. “That’ll do it,” the man said. “

questions about Mobilisa scanners and other such technology

April 10, 2007

The Port Townsend, Wash., wireless technology company says its handheld electronic scanner can identify within a second whether someone is a fugitive from justice, has a violent criminal past or is a convicted sex offender.

I think that the sentence above may be an exaggeration of capabilities. There is no master list of all convicted sex offenders, for example.

If one of the scanners says that someone was once arrested for committing an act of violence (like Zsa Zsa Gabor or Naomi Campbell for example), what happens next? Would that person person be not allowed into the area; or would the person be watched and followed?
(Remember that not 100 percent of people who are arrested or convicted are actually guilty.)

“It’s a technology whose time has come,” says Nelson Ludlow, Mobilisa’s CEO. He says he came up with the idea for the scanner after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for use at military bases.

Was he worried that after the idea of crashing airplanes into buildings became more famous that people would take airplanes from military bases and fly them into buildings?

Ludlow says activity on a scanner can be recorded and searched by investigators for law enforcement purposes. The data remain the property of the law enforcement agency using the scanner, he says.

Would the data that a law enforcement agency collects be subject to public records laws? For example could someone request the phone number of every blonde female under age 17 whose card was scanned and get those records?

Could the data be sold to anybody at anytime based on state laws, for example to bill collectors, or to sneaky criminal gangs?
If a police department needed money, could they or would they auction off such data to the highest bidder or mail a DVD containing the collected data to anyone with a credit card?

What is the potential of abuse for such technology?
For example, think about a country were everyone is required to carry an identification card, and then the country’s government changes for the worse.
The new government wants to kill or capture all people in that country of a certain religious, ethnic, or political status, and such data is encoded on the identification cards.

DC Police accused?

April 8, 2007

In response to the suit, D.C. police at first said that no police intelligence officials were involved in the arrests. Last year, city officials revealed under additional questioning that five members of the police intelligence unit were present.

Bush Administration accused of illegal behavior

March 18, 2007

“This House cannot avoid its constitutionally authorized responsibility to restrain the abuse of Executive power,” Kucinich said on the floor today. “The Administration has been preparing for an aggressive war against Iran. There is no solid, direct evidence that Iran has the intention of attacking the United States or its allies.”

Kucinich noted that since the US “is a signatory to the U.N. Charter, a constituent treaty among the nations of the world,” and Article II states that “all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state,” then “even the threat of a war of aggression is illegal.”

“Article VI of the U.S. Constitution makes such treaties the Supreme Law of the Land,” Kucinich continued. “This Administration, has openly threatened aggression against Iran in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the U.N. Charter.”