by MAL Contends, Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 03:30:41 AM EST
"They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone - the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men. To protect that right, every unjustifiable intrusion by the Government upon the privacy of the individual, whatever the means employed, must be deemed a violation of the Fourth Amendment."
- Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis, (the "People's Attorney") dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. United States (1928)
Think Madison, Wisconsin, and surrounding Dane County, and you are likely to think: Progressive, civil rights and a secular culture existing peacefully with the second largest public research University in the world.
Mostly, you would be right. But there are a couple of vital exceptions: Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard [the best line I heard/read about him is that Blanchard should be sentenced to 30 days reading the disquisitions of Robert Jackson on prosecutorial discretion].
And secondly, an appalling effort under way to install police roadblocks, led by Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk who is dedicated to decimating the Fourth Amendment in the city named after the father of the Constitution.
The American electorate is regularly treated to examples of Democrats and liberals going along to get along with the powers that be.