The kid made an absolutely dumb mistake. However this is not something that the government, most especially a prosecutor needs to be involved in. I had a run in with a dick prosecutor, it’s not fun. He and the other boy are still friends, from the description is was rough housing that went a little too far.
Mr. Prosecutor sees a way to make a name for himself and this is the result! Someone once said, “It takes a good prosecutor to convict a guilty man, it takes a GREAT prosecutor to convict an innocent one.” Even with records sealed, it will seriously screw with this kids life.
This agency continually harasses law abiding citizens who are doing no harm to anyone but merely minding their own business. Doing that though gets them more press time and funding that nailing someone with a pack of camels from across state lines. On the upside it appears that their plan to use smuggling as the justification to increase their budget may have royally backfired now that it had congressional attention that they were moving material across the border.
“Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.” -John Adams
[The government keeps giving itself more and more power. Not only are they giving themselves power, but doing it in such a way that it can forever expand. The TSA might as well be relabeled the tyrannical pink bunny, because it just keeps growing and growing. We must find a way to stop this and other advances by the government. Power once gained is rarely relinquished. –B]
EFF has uncovered widespread violations stemming from FBI intelligence investigations from 2001 – 2008. In a report released today, EFF documents alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices, suggesting that FBI intelligence investigations have compromised the civil liberties of American citizens far more frequently, and to a greater extent, than was previously assumed.
Given the previoustrack regard with the the ATF, consider me completely unsurprised. The law is for the citizenry to follow, government employees, especially law enforcement, are exempt. As it is 2500 pages I don’t have the time to wonder through all of it currently, however, one of the bullet points was down right impressive:
Indications that the FBI may have committed upwards of 40,000 possible intelligence violations in the 9 years since 9/11
Over 9 years that’s an average of 12 violations a day. 12 separate instances a day where the law doesn’t apply to them. Remember, they are the law and thusly exempt.
Why would the government need the power to shutdown the ability to openly exchange information world wide? The only reason to shutdown the internet is to stifle dissenters, prohibit assembly, and stop communications regarding unlawful acts by the government. The claims of this necessity because of a possible cyber-emergency are total bull crap.
By far the best line of the article though was this:
Let me translate that for everyone, “Sure, some might use it for bad, but come on, you can trust us, we’re cool.” This from the same government who confiscated weapons from civilians after Katrina. This from the same government that promised Social Security numbers would not be used as a universal identifier. It can be very succinctly put, “Sure you can trust the government, just ask an Indian.” Any government will do whatever it can get away with. When the free exchange of information is prevented, they can get away with most anything.
Governments and leaders that gain power, rarely ever relinquish it or let it go. This power would have serious detrimental effects, especially since more and more of our information flow is over the internet. Many get their news from the internet, watch TV over the net, and even run their phone service over the net. It would shove people into the dark, at which point the government can also control what information people are allowed to see. Egypt is the shining example of why the government absolutely should NEVER be allowed this power.
“The same sort of thing happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany. Each little infringement it was always just a little bit easier to do what they wanted rather than what they should have done. It is easier to comply and get through this, this indignity, this infringement, this beating, whatever it was, than to face the consequences of taking the big step.“ –Joe Huffman on BB & Guns.
[This was said while discussing the TSA and their behavior towards law abiding citizens.