Saturday, October 16, 2004

Court of Appeal Members and Bringers of Lawsuit Should Be Held Criminally Liable if Terror Happens

It's time to hold judges and groups that bring lawsuits which put other people in danger criminally and civilly liable. At the very least, should terrorism occur, maybe it's time to bring back tar and feathering or the stockades. There is no reason people can't go through a metal detector on their way to a protest.

ATLANTA - Fears of a terrorist attack are not sufficient reason for authorities to search people at a protest, a federal appeals court has ruled, saying Sept. 11 "cannot be the day liberty perished."

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that protesters may not be required to pass through metal detectors when they gather next month for a rally against a U.S. training academy for Latin American soldiers.

Authorities began using the metal detectors at the annual School of the Americas protest after the 2001 terrorist attacks, but the court found that practice to be unconstitutional.

"We cannot simply suspend or restrict civil liberties until the War of Terror is over, because the War on Terror is unlikely ever to be truly over," the court said in its ruling. "Sept. 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country."

City officials in Columbus, Ga., contended the searches were needed because of the elevated risk of terrorism, but the court threw out that argument, saying it would "eviscerate the Fourth Amendment."

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