The law is a ass, and it wants to see yours. Watch what you think; don’t think it out loud; don’t think it in the vicinity of a marijuana dispensary. Good news: the one candidate who can truly unite Americans of all political stripes has jumped into the race.
In a decision supported by the Obama administration, the Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that security services can strip search anyone they arrest even when they have no reason to think the search is necessary. Given the latitude police have to determine probable cause for arrests, the ruling licenses police to arrest and subject anyone to a strip search for no particular reason.
In his dissent to the ruling, Justice Stephen Bryer paraphrased the language of the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit “outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.” Breyer described unwarranted strip searches as an “affront to human diginity.”
Strip searches have long been used by police and other authorities to humiliate, coerce or intimidate prisoners—or even people outside of captivity, such as airline passengers—who annoy them or contest their authority. We are guaranteed to see an increase in strip searches of Occupy protesters and others who publicly oppose authorities and protest police tactics now that the court majority have in a stroke removed any official protection against the technique.
Meanwhile, federal authorities have imposed nearly two decades of jail time on Tarek Nehanna after convicting him of thinking bad thoughts and saying bad things. They’re attempting to do the same to CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou.
Elsewhere, the State Department is slow-roasting Iraq development expert Peter Van Buren for saying true things that the department doesn’t want said.
No drones were deployed in any of these cases, so that’s a good thing.
Cui bono? When not stalking whistleblowers or people with ideas that the state can’t abide, the feds are knocking over weed dispensaries in California, Colorado and other states where the dispensaries operate legally under state and local law.
Who benefits from those actions? Drug dealers and cartels, obviously; the prison industry, since the pool of potential marijuana offenders is enlarged; and, last but by no means least, the federal agencies whose budgets are swollen by drug war money.
Who loses? Medical marijuana users, obviously; municipalities and states that lose the tax revenues; people employed in the industry and related businesses.
And finally, the candidate I’ve been touting for six years jumps into the race: