2007/08/07

NYC Police Told To Reveal All

These days Bu$hCo is proving itself to be an implacable enemy of transparent government. And consequently victories in the civil liberties arena are hard to come by, but not on Monday because Federal Judge James C. Francis IV slapped down New York City and it's overzealous police department by ordering the disclosure of the field intelligence reports and dossiers illegally compiled in order to stifle dissent at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

For those of you who haven't been following this case, the NYC Police have been arguing that their methods, tactics, personnel, and procedures need to remain secret to ensure that they're not "misinterpreted" by the public nor "sensationalized" by the media. Because, as we all know, the public tends to go overboard when faced with unjust arrest, protest zones, and indefinite detention without charges.

But NYC's argument was always a weak one, especially considering that an earlier ruling by Federal District Judge Charles Haight stated that the police must have, "...some indication of unlawful activity on the part of the individual or organization," before they can go out and monitor political groups or their activities.

So it's not exactly the broad-based ruling against Federal secrecy that one might prefer. But these days, with Congress doing their best imitation of Bush's dog Barney, we have to take the victories we can get.

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Great minds fall in the same ditch, Kvatch. :-)

A positive development.
Makes you wonder about Chicago next year, particularly since the sniveling whiners won't even do a Youtube debate.
Because, as we all know, the public tends to go overboard when faced with unjust arrest, protest zones, and indefinite detention without charges.
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Yep and for good reason!

I want my country back!
Robert... I'll pop over just as soon as I get the chance.

TomCat... Indeed it is. I don't really have anything in particular against the NYC cops, but they really screwed the pooch on this one.
UnconventionalC... Shades of 68? I really hope not, but you never know.

Suzie-Q... Me too! This should serve as a warning to local jurisdictions that want to take the surveillance thing into their own hands.
Boobs...they are all boobs!
the NYC Police have been arguing that their methods, tactics, personnel, and procedures need to remain secret to ensure that they're not "misinterpreted" by the public nor "sensationalized" by the media.

A bit telling, huh?

Because, as we all know, the public tends to go overboard when faced with unjust arrest, protest zones, and indefinite detention without charges.

Perfect Kvatch! Way to let go on that "reasoning" of theirs.
Sumo... If they were boobs New Yorkers would like them a lot better. ;-)

Chuck... Thanks. Baby steps you know. First NYC, next the FBI.
God forbid someone should take pictures of the Police though and post them on the Internet.

I don't think they would like that very much.

God Bless.
I rushed to read this blog and was disappointed. I thought it meant that the NYC police were going to be naked and I wondered where they were going to put their badges...and guns...

Actually, if all humans ran around naked, the whole world might be a better place. It might remind us what we really are: naked apes.

Could you imagine George naked in the Rose Garden and mumbling into a microphone? The Commander revealed?

Bet he's hung like a rabbit!
George Bush naked. Ok, I just threw up in my mouth. Thanks, Daniel, for that horrifying image. I am going to now gouge out my eyes and drink some insecticide.
AnonP... Around here I actually think there may be a local ordinance that prohibits you from photographing the police.

Daniel... But, if we did that we'd really need to start growing hair again--I mean bigtime! Apes indeed.

PansyB... Eeeewwwww! Yeah leave it to Daniel to come up with that vision.

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