The article, 'Bloomberg proposes more high-tech solutions for government' By SARA KUGLER | Associated Press Writer on January 18, 2007 rhttp://www.topix.net/forum/source/am-new-york reports your stated intention to put "GPS devices on school buses for emergency monitoring and tracking, and creating an online database in which New Yorkers can research how well the government is working, from fire response times to noise complaints"
and search and seize the DNA of U.S. citizens provides evidence of criminal intent to violates U.S. citizens' Fourth Amendment rights to resist search and seizure in the absence of a warrant and probable cause.
If you're interested in surveillance, I'd suggest that you put GPS devices on high level elected officials, and cameras with audio on them as well. That way their employers, U.S. citizens could keep better track on the activities of their alleged wayward employees. Certainly sufficient probable cause exist to do so on a great number of them.
Like the idea? If so, let's start with you. After all you are a public servant just like a school bus driver. We wouldn't want to discriminate against bus drivers by monitoring them, but not you. Discrimination is illegal. We'll put a camera with audio in your car, on your cell phone, and in every room of your house. That way citizens can be monitoring and tracking your every movement and creating an online database in which New Yorkers can research how well you are working, from response times to expenditure complaints.
Unfortunately, citizens can't monitor you 24/7 because that would violate your constitutional rights.
I remember when Governor Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he decided to implement warrantless searches on mass transit here. When citizens complained, many thought he needed to get his hearing checked. However, as soon as the legislator refused to review his initiative to have citizens vote on gay marriage in 2008, all he could grouse about in the news was how the legislators had violated the Constitution. Never mind that he was doing the same with his warrantless searches on the T, he wanted them to honor his rights. If it wasn't so sad, it'd be funny. Laws must apply to everyone.
Search and seizure without a warrant violates the U.S. Constitution. Article 5 states that the Constitution is valid to all intents and purposes.
Article 6 states that all elected officials are bound by oath to uphold it.
This includes you. Don't you remember?
Mayor Bloomberg, you took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Have you decided to go back on your word?
Public officials that go back on their word are not thought of as trustworthy. Those who neglect to fulfill their official duties are not eligible to serve this country as its leader. The U.S. has written laws so that people might know their rights and secure justice in the courts. You may have forgotten, but violation of the Constitution is a crime. A person who violates the Constitution is a criminal. Mayor Bloomberg, are you a criminal?
Law breakers are a danger to society and a danger to themselves. If you're betting on the war on freedom to back you, consider, you're betting on the wrong horse. The majority has an interest in upholding their civil rights. The majority rules. You may be gauging your chances for a shot at the White House, but it seems to me, you're campaigning for a term in jail.
Susan Allen, M.Ed.