Monday, May 16, 2011

Indiana: A Police State?



by Kate Collins

Picture those old movies of the Gestapo kicking in house doors or knocking them down with battering rams and rounding up the frightened people inside. Well, hello, Hitler! Welcome to Indiana, where we now have a law that says the police do not need anything more than suspicion to break down your door and search your home.

I'm simply appalled. Can this be a reality in the "land of the free, home of the brave?" Apparently, the Indiana Supreme Court thinks so. They just turned down an attempt to stop the law from going through. I'm terrified, too,that Gov. Mitch Daniels thinks it's a grand idea. (And he may run for President.)

Can you imagine what our forefathers would have to say? Isn't this exactly what they wrote the Constitution to guard against? A police state?

I understand that sometimes time is of the essence when the cops are trying to raid drug dealing dens. I really do get that. However, one of the reporters on my local radio station, who has been on many ride-along raids with the police force, said we would be shocked at the number of wrong addresses the cops had been given. And what happens when they mistakenly barge into your home and turn it to rubble? Nothing. They walk out and leave you to clean up -- and pay for -- the destruction.

The only caveat the Supreme Court mentioned was that it "hoped" the police would get a search warrant. But it's not necessary. (wink,wink).

Does this scare you? Will this law spread to the rest of the country -- or has it already come to your state?

What's next? Book burning?

18 comments:

Fiona said...

No search warrant? I can't believe it. No they wouldn't get away with that here in my home state.

Anonymous said...

It's always the "wink" that scares me!

CherylsPearls said...

Do you actually mean warrantless searches or are you referring to "no-knock" warrants? I think that Federal judges anywhere can issue "no-knock" warrants if the case meets the criteria. A "no-knock" warrant just means that they don't have to knock first; they still have a warrant, though. This is used mainly when the police know that the suspect is likely to be armed (as in has been in the past, etc.).

Kate Collins said...

Cheryl, this law says that the police need nothing more than suspicion. They don't need to call a judge for a warrant. They may enter your home at any time and search your premises. It's called "warrantless entry," and it is exactly what the Fourth Amendment guards against. Our only hope is that the U.S. Supreme Court will have more sense than the Indiana "supremes" who are not supreme at all in my book. This smacks of fascism.

Barbara said...

In Indiana of all places? What is this country coming to. I'm appalled as well.

NoraA said...

Hopefully someone will take this up to the "Supremes" have have them overturn it since this clearly violates a whole bunch of stuff. Like Safe and Secure in your home.

CherylsPearls said...

Kate, I finally found something on the internet about it. That is very disturbing. I don't think warrantless searches are allowed in NC except under exigent circumstances, but don't quote me on that! It seems more people in the US are willing to give up their liberties since September 11th. Nothing much has surprised me since Bush suspended habeas corpus in 2006.

signlady217 said...

Unfortunately, I think this kind of thing is going to get a whole lot worse and a lot more prevalent in the next few years. Shouldn't be happening in the USA, of all places.

Kate Collins said...

Maybe all we can do is spread the word to let people know this goes against the Fourth Amendment, and to contact their congressmen.

lynneandco said...

I can't say I'm surprised, as the same brilliant state leaders just defunded Planned Parenthood. We women need to stand up and tell them we are not gonna get kicked around anymore, don't ya think? Otherwise it will just get worse.

Aurian said...

Wow, what a horrible law! And then the fact that if they are wrong, they don't even have to pay for repairs and such? That is just so wrong! If your neighbour hates you, he can just make an anonimous phone call telling some lies about you.

Lynn in Texas said...

Kate,it's appalling. I'm normally an easy-going person but since the Bush administration I've really gotten fed up. Now I've got Bob Marley's song in my head: "Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights...Don't give up the fight"

Ever since 9/11 we have blindly let the government take away our precious FREEDOMS, and it's long overdue that we take them back!

And as lynneandco pointed out, we women should be hopping mad that anyone would interfere and try to control our bodies, in ANY way. Our bodies are our private business, period!

I think we've all been too passive and complacent, and it's time we take ACTION for our rights now!
Remember, we ARE "the people"...those in power are supposed to WORK FOR US!

StaceyPagan said...

I am an Indiana resident. This is totally against the 4th amend. I can only imagine the classrooms and the discussion that is happening today -- oh wait! I take that back b/c ol Mitch and his new rules, this would take away for vital classroom time. It's a crock of CRAP!

Kate Collins said...

Amen, Lynn! Stacey, let's hope Mitch doesn't run for President. If he does, God help the USA.

Linda McDonald said...

I heard about this on the radio the other day. It's craziness; totally against the 4th amendment. If Mitch were to run for president, believe me, he won't be getting a vote from me.

Griperang/Angela said...

that is just crazy, I agree with wha you said that there are times when time is of the essence but at the same time judgment is not always used in the heat of the moment - I would not want my home "broke" into because the cops were given a wrong address and they had a suspucion (sp)

dollycas aka Lori said...

Terrible things are going on here in Wisconsin. I was never involved this heavily in politics or the political news shows but when your governor is a moron and some of the legislators are puppets you have no choice.

john ringer said...

Dear Kate;
I am also appalled at the police state events in Indiana. I have an activist project to fight this and I am focusing on Indiana. All one has to do is send an e mail, or make a phone call, to an Indiana radio station on a prepared list. If you are truly concerned, please consider looking at my page, and telling as many people as you can. Thank you.
http://mycountrymyass.com/indiana.html