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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book Review: It Is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong Judge Andrew Napolitano answers the challenges of liberty. by John Hayward

Published in Human Events 10/18/2011 Judge Andrew Napolitano begins his new book, It is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government is Wrong, with a telling anecdote about Nikita Khrushchev​’s disastrous command to grow corn in Siberia. The principle of positivism, which states laws are valid because they were duly enacted, slammed into the eternal laws of a universe that is not much interested in seeing corn grow upon frozen tundra. The resulting carnage was horrifying, and modern politicians have learned absolutely nothing from it. Napolitano aims to correct that. His book is a witty, erudite, fast-paced primer in libertarian philosophy - from the writings of Locke and Paine, through the modern headlines that would make them nauseous. Rarely will you find a book that exposes the liberal State’s utter contempt for the Constitution with more precision and clarity. Click to read the review at Human Events
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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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