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Miami Model: ACLU Shysters Stab America In The Back Again
Wednesday afternoon update: The ACLU, in response to this article and other criticism of its stance, have issued the following press release.
Alessandra Soler Meetze at 305-576-2337 ext. 16.
ACLU Statement on Miami Shield Program
There is some confusion over the specifics of the "Miami Shield" Program. Reports differ as to whether the plan involves large squads of officers stopping everyone at a locale and then demanding people to produce identification. Although the Miami Police Department has claimed that "Miami Shield" will respect people’s right, much of its constitutionality will depend on how the program is implemented.
If police officers plan on stopping people and demanding identification without any reason to believe that there is criminal activity, that is unconstitutional.
When law enforcement stops people based on individualized suspicion of wrongdoing, that is always both more effective and consistent with constitutional principles.
Other post 9-11 law enforcement tactics such as randomly searching subway users in New York City or conducting mass pat-down searches of everyone entering the Raymond James Football Stadium in Tampa violate constitutional principles and are a waste of law enforcement resources.
Our response: The ACLU is still being ambiguous.
Yes, the Miami Police Department claimed that the program would not violate people's rights, but then they go on to describe a program which does exactly that.
Randomly conducting sieges on buildings with no evidence linking them to terrorist activity and randomly checking identification is completely unconstitutionl and clearly violates the Fourth Amendment.
We appreciate the response but the ACLU needs to step forward and decisively oppose these measures.
In response to the news that Miami police were going to conduct random sieges, checks of ID's and patrols of buses and trains, the ACLU stabbed America in the back again by shrugging their shoulders and stating that the new measures did not violate anybody's rights.
“What we’re dealing with is officers on street patrol, which is more effective and more consistent with the Constitution,” Simon said. “We’ll have to see how it is implemented," said Howard Simon , executive director of ACLU Florida.
Consistent with the Constitution? This is the most clear violation of what it means to live in a free society than you're ever going to see short of when they cart us all off to those cozy ex-Soviet gulag camps.
The Miami model is akin to the police looking for a man driving a red Volkswagen in the western United States. They decide to raid a bank building in Albuquerque because the felon just might happen to be in that one building out of a list of potential hundreds of thousands.
It makes absolutely no sense unless it is designed to scare people into groveling to the overlords in black ski masks.
Miami police are amongst the most notoriously brutal in the country. During the November 2003 FTAA protests, police Chief John Timoney employed paramilitary tactics to crush what were overwhelmingly peaceful protests. Police indiscriminately beat, arrested, searched, gassed, pepper sprayed and shot rubber bullets at protesters in a psychotic orgy of jackbooted tyranny.
Reports of plain clothed police agitating amongst the protesters matched similar tactics used during the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle.
Local chapters of the ACLU are staffed by well intentioned but often misled and deluded people. However, the state and national branches are firmly infiltrated and used to take big national attention cases, lose them and create bad case law.
The ACLU announcement was intended to put Americans to sleep when the cold hard facts of the Miami model should have everyone up in arms.
"Gee Martha, those random sieges, ID checks, searches and patrols sound like what we were told was bad about the Soviet Union, but look here, the ACLU says it doesn't violate our rights so I guess we don't have to worry about it."
One only has to peruse the historical origins of the ACLU to get a sense of who really controls this shill organization.
From its very inception in January 1920 the ACLU was created and controlled by a steering committee of ardent Communists, including Helen Keller, who wrote flattering diatribes about the national socialist policies of Adolf Hitler and also the worldwide communist movement.
Also in the core group was Norman Thomas, a six time Socialist Party presidential candidate and an advocate of the elimination of undesirables in society by means of a national eugenics program.
John Dewey, another founding member and socialist, is often cited as the foundation of today's educational theories. He believed the role of education was to train children to be autonomous servants of the state.
Radical Marxists, feminists, socialists and communists completely dominate the roster of the ACLU founders.
Built on a legacy of destroying everything that America stood for, how can we expect the ACLU to stand up and defend the virtues of American freedom today?
The ACLU is more interested in removing monuments outside courthouses and attacking Christianity than it is in opposing the police state.
The ACLU's response to the Miami police state model proves that the organization should be viewed as part of the problem and not the solution.
E mail the ACLU and vent your disgust.
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