Pubdate: Wed, 09 Mar 2005
Source: Athens Banner-Herald (GA)
Copyright: 2005 Athens Newspapers Inc
Author:  Francis Assaf
Bookmark: (Drug Test)


Carlton E. Allen (Letters, March 4) is proud his son is in the Commerce 
school system, in which random drug testing is being proposed.

Wonderful. But why stop there? Strip searches would be even more efficient.

Sadly, there is that bothersome piece of fluff, the Fourth Amendment, which 
was probably sneaked into the Bill of Rights by liberal lily-livered, 
soft-on-crime pantywaists. It reads, "The right of the people to be secure 
in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable 
searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, 
but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly 
describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

So, like so many good and true Americans, Allen wants to do away wholesale 
with constitutional protections of individual rights. Perhaps he would like 
to set an example by submitting publicly, every day for a month, to a strip 
search. That would really be courageous.

Francis Assaf  
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