The Secret Service raided a man’s home expressly and solely because he was a frequent critic of President Obama.


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The new freedom: The Secret Service raided a man’s home expressly and solely because he was a frequent critic of President Obama.

The man wasn’t violent, had never threatened Obama in any way (something the Secret Service admitted). His only crime was that he expressed his first amendment rights to criticize the president. For that, his house was searched and he was threatened.

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  • JGL

    I wonder why a man apparently familiar with his rights under the Constitution would agree to their request to search his private house without a valid warrant ?

  • Edward

    According to him, Tom Francois had nothing to hide, so he let them search.

    (BTW, if you claim that you have nothing to hide, then I can have a webcam installed in your shower this afternoon, and I’ll include on the webcast your name, address, phone number, social security number, financial account numbers – complete with pins and other security passcodes, and a host of other private information that you would rather keep private. You have plenty to hide; keep it hidden.)

    He did, however, get some documentation that demonstrates that he was being searched without any kind of probable cause. He may have been wrong about the Secret Service getting a warrant, because of the lack of probable cause. And what judge would violate the Fourth Amendment and issue a warrant without it?

    His innocence (I mean this in both senses) demonstrates that he thinks that just because you are innocent, they can’t come up with some form of guilt.
    http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=8278, Essay: “You Do Too Have Something To Hide”

    There are hundreds of thousands of pages of laws, and there is no way that a law abiding citizen can know all of them or all of the ways that the courts have interpreted them. Even lawyers spend huge amounts of time studying these subjects, so what chance do the rest of us have?

    No matter what we do, the chances are that we have inadvertently violated some portion of the law. This is how some of those recent IRS audits have been so effective.

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