Thursday, March 27, 2008

America's Finest at Work, Part III

Anybody, anywhere could be carrying a bomb. Which is why federal law enforcement has been monitoring Interstate 5* for nukes. Recently a federal agent was in the median strip. A car passes by. The radiation detector goes off. The agent chases the car and makes it pull over. A search of the car reveals not a nuke, but a cat. And not an al-Qaeda cat, or a Hezbollah cat, but a house cat. With cancer. The cat had been taken to the vet three days earlier for radiation treatments.


Remember the PATRIOT Act, the package of laws that was supposed to protect us from Those Who Hate Us for Our Freedom? Well, as events in the Middle East remind us daily, our government hasn't succeeded in snuffing out terrorism. So, apparently they've decided to use the PATRIOT Act in the pursuit of more achievable goals--like winning the war on drugs. (It makes sense, at some point you have to cut your losses and move on, right?)

Last July, the ATF conducted a warrantless search of the house of Tyrone Andrews, whom they accuse of being a cocaine supplier for the Wichita Crips. Back in Bill of Rights days, when the feds searched your house they left a copy of the search warrant and a receipt listing the items taken.**

Andrews didn't find out his house had been searched until 90 days later. As you can imagine, his lawyer is displeased.

*Outside that hotbed of terrorism, Bellingham, Washington.

**Now I'm dying to know what such a receipt would like. "Taken: 1 radioctive cat. To be returned pending successful completion of investigation."??

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