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10.06.2006

Grasslands = Less Liberty

If you suffer from insomnia, you read an opinion from the Fort Worth Court of Appeals that was handed down yesterday that held a United States Forest Service Officer, if authorized by his boss, may set up a traffic "checkpoint" to request "driver's licenses and proof of insurance, to remind drivers not to litter, and to inform drivers of proper safety gear to wear while hunting" on Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. No probable cause or reasonable suspicion required.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey its named after a liberal democrat, it should have a socialist taint to it

Anonymous said...

Oh the humanity!!

Anonymous said...

I don't see the problem. I don't have anything to hide, but if you do......

Anonymous said...

I would love to run into a few checkpoints like this. Would at least make me feel the illusion of being safer on the roads. Who knows, maybe one of the hundreds of uninsured that get pulled off the road was somebody that was going to wreck into me, and cost me what little money I have left after high taxes and high vehicle and medical insurance bills that must compensate for those that need the free ride and just don't give a crap. More checkpoints, please.

Anonymous said...

Unless it was taken off the books in the last legislative session, an officer can stop a car to see if the driver has a license.

greta said...

If I am understanding this correctly. These checkpoints are for the grasslands, not the roadways. I think everything about it is a good idea. Checking people out is always good, if you don't have anything to hide. I am a bit confused about checking the drivers license and insurance for driving in the woods. Are there actual streets?

greta said...

My bad, we had a drunk driver on our hands

Anonymous said...

Again some of ya'll seem to miss the point. Our Constitution provides that the government WILL NOT do unwarranted search and seizure without PROBABLE cause. That's the law. The law is supposed to protect all of us - whether you have anything to hide or not.

greta said...

We're talking about the police here. Most are as crooked as they can be. A person is guilty until proven innocent.

Anonymous said...

greta - Is someone else using your blogger ID? I don't see how the same person can hold as true the opinions expressed at 1:39 and 5:15 - 180-degree contradictory.

anon 7:04pm - right on. I don't understand why or how, but this idea is being encouraged by the supposed conservatives, and it is definitely not a conservative thought process that would give these powers to any government agent or agency.

Anonymous said...

Hey 704, a traffic stop or check point is not a search or a seizure. The law already allows an officer to stop you to see if you have a license. Driving was never a right, it is a priviledge. Rights are in the Constitution. There are not yet any amendments in the Constitution for the right to use a car. And most people are not aware of a few things, when you get your driver's license, you automatically consent to several different things in relation to your license that you have to abide by or lose your license. Providing it when it is requested is one of those things.