After reading your reply, I went back and clicked the link to the conservative website (I think I heard hell freezing over). I see your point, but in the instances involving bona fide law enforcement officials, only one side of the story was told. Did the searchees resist, get aggressive with the officers? Doesn't say. Now the kid in N. Carolina, yeah, that was heinous. I hope the kid's parents have a good lawyer and send that pedophile of an asst. principal to prison.
It also sounded as if there were several lawsuits in progress over these actions, and I hope justice prevails either way. If strip searches become the norm, I agree they should at least be conducted "in house" and not on the roadside. I'm willing to bet if the officials that don't comply get hit hard in their budgets a couple of times, they'll see the light.
I do see your point, Jay, honestly, and I agree that we've had our rights chiseled away bit by bit, but it started happening long before 9/11. That's what O and I were talking about earlier - by continuing this bickering about party line crap, we're losing sight of the bigger picture.
It was an interesting article, and thanks for posting it.
If you were replying to me seven hours ago, sorry, I do not come on here (usually) until later at night. Usually don't find me here until around 9PM or so, if I even choose to come on, give or take the subject. But I will try and explain why I think these strip searches are unconstitutional. First of all "innocent until proven guilty," does not allow officer's the right to assume guilty because they simply don't have the time to wait to find out ... according to the article and/or the S.Court. The woman stripped searched and had her personal item removed by a woman cop, on the highway with her children in the car is an abomination! The cop should have been fired. Did the woman resist you wondered? Wouldn't you? Wouldn't any innocent person resist someone fingering them in public? By the way, the woman violated ended up - she was innocent.
The little boy in school stripped down by a school official was trauma to someone's child. Had he been mine I would have been there hell's bells, and someone would see me in court.
If we in this country continue to allow this to happen at random, as cops perceive the assumption of guilty without just cause, they will take that inch, and next a foot, and then whatever they want.
I would say too bad about their budgets. It's the public that pays their salaries in the first place. Public service is taxpayer funded, and had it been me or mine, I would be raising holyhell and they would see me in court, which is what the two women strip searched on the highway for tossing a cigarette butt out the window finally did.
(By the way, you could have witnessed this yourself, it's on uncut video, and no they did not resist.)
If you think our rights are being "chiseled away" then we need to protest invasions of our privacy, personnel paid by us, denied the right to naked searches without just cause. No searches for someone going over the speed limit - not paying a parking ticket on time, seatbelt and all such ridiculous reasons to violate people. Although these cases may be not usually the norm, it still stands that as long as the court allows them to get away with this, the next person innocent of any wrong doing could be you or me. I will not stand for this in a country that touts itself the right to be innocent until proven guilty. See what I'm sayin? And yes, it has been going on before 911. 911 is an excuse to clamp down harder on the public - see TSA for example. Thanks Crow.