Posted by Curt on 12 February, 2006 at 7:51 am. 2 comments already!

I read this and almost fell out of my chair laughing:

A provision in the “Patriot Act” creates a new federal police force with power to violate the Bill of Rights. You might think that this cannot be true, as you have not read about it in newspapers or heard it discussed by talking heads on TV. However, it is a looming reality.

Go to House Report 109-333 – “USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005,” and check it out for yourself.

Sec. 605 states the following:

“There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the ‘United States Secret Service Uniformed Division.'”

This new federal police force is “subject to the supervision of the secretary of homeland security.”

The new police are empowered to “make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony.”

The new police are assigned a variety of jurisdictions, including “an event designated under Section 3056(e) of Title 18 as a special event of national significance,” or SENS.

“A special event of national significance” is neither defined nor does it require the presence of a “protected person” such as the president in order to trigger it. Thus, the administration, and perhaps the police themselves, can place the SENS designation on any event.

Once a SENS designation is placed on an event, the new federal police are empowered to keep out and to arrest people at their discretion.

The language conveys enormous discretionary and arbitrary powers. What is “an offense against the United States”? What are “reasonable grounds”?

You can bet that the Alito-Roberts court will rule that it is whatever the executive branch says.

The obvious purpose of the act is to prevent demonstrations at Bush-Cheney events. However, nothing in the language limits the police powers from being used only in this way.

Um, I’m guessing the author, Paul Craig Roberts, has no idea that in Law Enforcement we arrest people without a warrant a majority of the time. Reasonable Cause and Probable Cause have been set and ruled on for years by the courts. If a crime in committed in front of you even a regular citizen can arrest someone.

Additionally, the Secret Service Uniformed Division has been around for years. Did this guy do ANY research?

The idiocy of these people are mindboggling.