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Friday, April 3, 2009

$3.5 Trillion Budget passed by Congress, and U.S.- Mexican Border —Drugs, Guns, and Immigration Politics -- Show for Saturday, April 4, 2009

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This Saturday, Francis Barraza and Kristen Lucero, UC Davis Law Students, Federalist Society chapter Presidents and local chapter founders, and leaders in the CA Republican Lawyer's Association, join me. We'll talk about the 3.5 Trillion dollar budget just passed by Congress without a single Republican vote. What can you do about it? We'll also talk about the U.S.-Mexican Border: Drugs, Guns, & Immigration politics and policy.
Last week Time published a story calling Juarez the most dangerous city in the Americas. This week, Time Magazine, April 3, 2009— The U.S. and Mexico agree on the need to stop the illegal flow of guns and drugs between the two countries, but the question is how to do that. We will talk about the various potential solutions that have been discussed or implemented as of late concerning the drug wars in Mexico.
We've seen in the media lately that Obama Administration officials are trying to use this problem to further their gun control agenda. There are also changes for southbound travelers to Mexico. Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 AM, PT

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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