Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Shock and Awe: The 9th Circuit Rules Against the ACLU!

I'm dumbfounded. The notoriously liberal 9th circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an "unlawful search" suit brought on behalf of welfare applicants by the ACLU:

"... The Supreme Court rejected a challenge today to San Diego County's practice of routinely searching welfare applicants' homes without warrants and ruling out assistance for those who refuse to let them in.

The justices refused, without comment, to intervene in the case from San Diego County, where investigators from the District Attorney's Office show up unannounced at applicants' homes and conduct searches that include peeking into closets and cabinets. The visits do not require any suspicion of fraud and are intended to confirm that people are eligible for government aid.

Failure to submit to the searches, which can last an hour, disqualifies applicants from assistance.

The 10-year-old program was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of six single parents who were seeking assistance. The welfare applicants argued that the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches, protects them from the home visits.

"When the investigator conducts the home inspection, no part of the home is off-limits," they said.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding the program, said the Supreme Court in 1971 allowed social workers to visit homes in New York to determine eligibility. The appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, said the visits do not even constitute a search under the Fourth Amendment in part because people are free to turn away the investigators..." (source)

There is no such thing as an "unreasonable search" when you are applying to receive the money of hardworking citizens. Kudos to the Court who has proved the saying that the 'sun even shines on a dog's ass sometimes..." ;)

(P.S. Is that the strangest sign you've ever seen? Fire that Ad company. What does that even mean? Welfare now denotes strength? Wouldn't a country where everyone could work and sustain themselves and their own families be what makes America stronger?)

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