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.<quoted text>
Did you read the whole thing? So now it's a crime to wear a tampon? Hmmm...didn't think so. But it's ok for someone to drag it out? Hmmm. Ok, hope it never happens to you. Not my problem.
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.