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The posture of a free man

Good article on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that strip searches of inmates are consitutional. Two zingers in the piece; first, the statement that the case may have been decided on the premise that it’s too disruptive to the criminal justice system to rule any other way. Second, the question at the end, “Is this the posture of a free man?” (relative to airport security.)

Read the whole thing. For me, if you are being incarcerated it seems likely you should expect to be searched…for the safety of the officer and other inmates. Airport security is a stretch, though.


  1. I would agree with you, except for that one line in the article.

    “allowing jails to strip-search anyone being put into the general prison population — even without suspicion”

    Look closely at those last three words. The government has, for years, told us they could “detain” us, formerly for 24 hours, (now under the patriot act, much longer) without suspicion.

    Without cause. Without Suspicion. Without reason.

    So much for a “right of the people to be secure in their persons. . . against unreasonable searches and seizures”

    Posted on 17-Apr-12 at 12:16 | Permalink
  2. CombatRob

    T Rex, I should’ve elaborated a bit more. In regard to the decision to not change based on the “disruptive to the system” aspect, I think that’s a major cop out. If a thing is wrong, it is wrong.

    Re: searching someone without suspicion, I think it’s an interesting end run. On the one hand, I agree with you. That we can now be detained indefinitely on the flimsiest of cause is truly, truly frightening. On the other hand, if you’ve been detained you shouldn’t be put into the general population without being searched. Perhaps this decision makes the public more accepting of the initial detainment?

    Posted on 18-Apr-12 at 02:32 | Permalink

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