Wednesday, June 08, 2005

For fucks sake...

http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/06/07/border.crossing.ap/index.html

You know, after all this bullshit involving Homeland security, all this talk about protecting our borders, all this panicking, something like the above happens. I'm a firm believer in due process. I also believe that people carrying chainsaws and swords and hatchets with arrest warrants out for them ought to have some difficulty getting into the country.

If a little old lady gets put on a terrorist list for losing a short kitchen knife in her luggage (and I actually had a friend have the same problem), why didn't someone take another few moments to check up on the psycho with the mideval arsenal? I won't proclaim this as truth, but my theory is that its because he was white. Had he been wearing a turban or looked like his name was Paco or Manolo, he would have been detained...and probably shipped elsewhere for "questioning."

Due process is great, its critical, its one of the most important things a civilized nation can have. At the same time, it does help to temper it with common sense (or at least stricter weapon laws), while at the same time remembering "ragheads are terrorists" is not common sense.

Peace outside,

Daniel

4 Comments:

At Wed Jun 08, 02:44:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

Yeah, we talked about this problem quite a bit in senior seminar. The racial profiling isn't an answer to the problem, but because of the fact that it is easier than doing your job right is why lazy federal airport employees use it. Yeah, I don't know when this problem is going to be fixed.

 
At Thu Jun 09, 08:47:00 AM EDT, Blogger Jack and Coke said...

Fuck it, lets just lock down the borders, or better yet let's take over the continent. Well, maybe just Canadialand. I mean, after we get rid of the french language from up there, how bad can it be? Cheap meds and more hockey, Canadialand [the 51st state] could be a bitchin place.

 
At Thu Jun 09, 08:50:00 AM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

Sounds like that territory we had while playing Civilization 3...

 
At Fri Jun 10, 09:01:00 AM EDT, Blogger Danger said...

I think their meds would get more expensive and their hockey more wussy just by virtue of being an American state. Besides, the English language itself is heavily influenced by French, so...

Francophiles win again, Jack!

(you could, of course, learn Spanish)

Daniel

 

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