Y2K Back-Up Generator to Arrive Tuesday, August

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Just in case...... Y2K Back-Up Generator to Arrive Tuesday, August 31 at Metro Wastewater Reclamation District


But dont you get a generator, thats not something you should do!

-- generator (generator@yourtown.com), August 30, 1999


I would'nt want a generator,or a wood stove,those will be magnets for every parasite DGI for miles.

-- zoobie (zoobiezoob@yahoo.com), August 30, 1999.

Zoobie, would those be magnets or bait? 4th amendment, use it or lose it.

-- enough is (enough@enough.com), August 30, 1999.

Reproduced under the fair use doctrine, for educational purposes only.

"The Fourth Amendment", by David M. Wagner, Esq.

The Fourth Amendment 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."

This protects the privacy of the home against government intrusion. It applies to criminal investigations. Unlike the Fifth and Sixth amendments, nothing in its text restricts it to criminal cases.

The Fourth Amendment originated as a ban on the British device called the "general warrant," a warrant that allowed the seizure of anything in the suspect's home. Under the Amendment, a search requires a specific warrant. Even a search supported by a warrant will be found unconstitutional by the courts, unless the warrant was issued by a neutral magistrate, such as a judge or a justice of the peace, and unless it is limited to a certain place and certain things to be found.

To properly limit the Fourth Amendment, the Supreme Court has adopted the "exclusionary rule." Any evidence gathered in a way that violates the intent of the Fourth Amendment may not be used at trial. An example of this rule in practice would be a warrant to allow police to search an apartment for a stolen stereo set. During the search, drug paraphernalia is discovered in a dresser drawer. The discovery of this evidence of drug use would be inadmissible in a subsequent trial although it could be used as the basis for obtaining yet another search warrant, this time for drugs. The exclusionary rule has been criticized because often criminals are released due to police errors irrespective of their apparent guilt. If the evidence used to convict them was wrongfully obtained, the criminal walks.

Defenders of the rule, however, argue that the police have adapted their procedures to conform with it and anything less would allow police to evade the specific intent of the Fourth Amendment. The long- standing and ongoing debate was partly defused by the Supreme Court in 1984 when it conceded an exception to the warrant requirement if police can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court that they acted in "good faith" on a warrant that later proved to be defective.

An emerging issue is the application of the Fourth Amendment to searches made without a warrant by social workers in child abuse investigations. In a case now being litigated in California by the Home School Legal Defense Association, the state is arguing, in effect, that while police have to observe the Fourth Amendment, social workers, who are not law-enforcement agents, do not. HSLDA replies that the amendment protects the "security" of "persons" in their "houses" regardless of whether the would-be searchers are law- enforcement agents or not.

-- Prometheus (fire@for.man), August 30, 1999.

Ahh yes. Kalifornia, land of gun banners and home breakers.

Constitution? We don' need no steeenkin' Constitution...

(That's why they're seizing the guns)

-- Dennis (djolson@pressenter.com), August 30, 1999.

Oh good - the liberals want the pro-government school (non-trained, non-legally aware, non-legally restricted social worker - who as we know from the Stitt's family - are totally unbiased and ehtical) to be allowed mandatory access to our homes, bedrooms, and gun lockers despite the 4th Amendment.

Just wonder what these socialist government agents would do if/when they pull a surprise inspection (with the BATF/FBI right behind them) by inspecting for homework registration and home school logbooks, then discover a gun case on the premise.....

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), August 30, 1999.

And with respect to the original story: as if you don't think the government is manipulating the news, or that the news is quite willing to suck from the government's spoon-fed news releases:

<< Visuals: The new generator arriving (it's basically a large trailer towed by a road tractor). Also, the Metro District's existing 5-megawatt cogeneration facility (big, noisy, visual); other views of the Metro District's Central Treatment Plant.

Directions: North on I-25 to 58th Ave. East on 58th Ave. for 1 1/2 miles, then north on York St. for about 1/2 mile. Turn right into Metro District's gate then take an immediate left into the Administration Building (2-story white bldg.) parking lot.

CONTACT: Steve Frank, Metro Wastewater, 303-286-3000. Message pager 1-800-998-4611>>

"Visuals" and "Directions" - complete with pre-written press info....

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), August 30, 1999.

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