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Dumb and Dumber Drones

TexasChris Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 9:06 AM
One point, Katie: The Declaration and Constitution doesn't protect American citizens against the government... It protects ALL PEOPLE. "That all men are created equal..." "No person shall be deprived..." "The right of the people peacably to assemble..." No mention of citizenship. No mention of location. It's everyone, everywhere.
JMWinPR Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 10:49 PM
Really? Methinks you have painted with a broad brush. The Declaration is nothing more than a statement of beliefs, it articulated grievances with King George. The Constitution is the "The Constitution of the United States of America. Not Mexico, not Chile, or any other nation that has states. You must have attended Harvard Law. Maybe even taught there.
Gilchrist Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 11:33 AM
Amen. The Fourth Amendment does not protect the right of citizens to be secure in their papers; it protects the right of PEOPLE, citizens, resident aliens, and illegal aliens. OTOH, the courts have held that authorities do NOT need a warrant to intrude whereever a common citizen can go. For fixed winged aircraft, this means maintaining a relative altitude of 1000 feet over the property being viewed; for rotary winged aircraft, maintining a relative altitude equal to the autorotation capability of the aircraft involved.
Reginald10 Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 4:23 PM
So can I look in my neighbors' windows, if I stand way back and use powerful binoculars?
Gilchrist Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 7:48 AM
Actually yes. Apparently it would surprise you to be arrested for indecent exposure for standing nude in fron of your uncurtained window. That has also happened to people.
king10 - exposing leftism Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 9:36 AM
Not really....other countries have their own borders and own laws. And the constitution has been amended to include things like citizenship....so, I'm sorry to say, the point, although pleasant to think about....just isn't true.
Happy Jake Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 9:43 AM
Our constitution applies to our own FEDERAL government. Both in the powers that it grants AND the restrictions that it imposes. We, the people are not bound by any provision of the Constitution, the government is. Thus it applies to any action our government takes, both here and abroad.

The unconstitutionality of a thing does not stem from the rights of which we are deprived but from the prohibition the government violated. For example: It is not that the rights of the Catholic Church were violated by the ObamaCare contraception mandate, but that the mandate violated the prohibition against laws that restrict the free exercise of religion.
Gilchrist Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 11:36 AM
Another cogent remark that Americans traveling abroad should remember. The rights afforded by our constitution do not extend to American citizens outside our jurisdiction although they might be invoked against actions of the American government while abroad.
Gilchrist Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 11:38 AM
Be careful how you slice and dice the free "exercise of religion". The operation of a hospital or a pharmacy is an exercise in commerce, not an exercise in religion.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 2:57 PM
except that many hospitals exist as an extension of a church's religious doctrine of helping people. How they run their operation is up to them. If they wish to avoid certain practices and offerings,it's their right.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 8:08 PM
Also,in commerce,they have the right to determine what services they may offer. Not anybody else.

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Dumb Drones At Home

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