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Supreme Court ruling foreshadows police state

Statesman Journal | June 29 2004

Welcome to Gulag Amerika, home of the shredded Constitution.

On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that citizens no longer have the right to remain silent when questioned by the police. That “the state’s interest in protecting police and investigating crime” takes priority over the constitutional rights of citizens.

That’s a horrifyingly broad umbrella.

Bye-bye Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

What happens:

- When the state decides that it’s safer for cops to eliminate that pesky Second Amendment? An unarmed populace is safer for police in a police state.

- When the state feels they can cut the military budget by quartering troops in private homes? What Third Amendment?

- When the First Amendment becomes inconvenient?

Talk about the proverbial slippery slope.

You have the right to remain silent, unless the state wants you to talk. That’s what this ruling says, unconstitutionally altering the Bill of Rights in the extreme.

I thought it was conservatives who railed against “legislating from the bench.” That went the way of their respect for states’ rights, I guess.

And we thought the PATRIOT Act (it’s an acronym having nothing to do with patriotism, you know) was bad!

The iron boot heel of a police state is upon us.