Posts tagged with "U.S. Constitution"

5 reasons you should never submit to a police search — even if you have nothing to hide

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By: Scott Morgan

You should be prepared just in case police become suspicious of you.

This story first appeared at AlterNet. 

Do you know what your rights are when a police officer asks to search you? If you’re like most people I’ve met in my eight years working to educate the public on this topic, then you probably don’t.It’s a subject that a lot of people think they understand, but too often our perception of police power is distorted by fictional TV dramas, sensational media stories, silly urban myths, and the unfortunate fact that police themselves are legally allowed to lie to us. Continue reading

How Executive Orders Work

By Dave Roos

On February 19, 1942, two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. In this one-page decree, the president used his authority as the commander-in-chief to authorize the U.S. military to “exclude” 122,000 Japanese Americans — more than half of them U.S. citizens — from their homes and businesses and relocate them to isolated and desolate internment camps

. A month later, Congress passed Public Law 503, making it a federal offense to disobey the president’s executive order. Continue reading