Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

Supreme Court’s ‘drug war exception’ endangers privacy

Editorial In Hudson v. Michigan, handed down Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out yet another “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons and homes. Unfortunately, the ruling is likely to lead to more military-style no-knock raids of people’s homes and […]

It’s always time to ‘knock it off’ for safety

Master Sgt. Ken Oswald F-16 pilots have a safety management tool called “knock it off.” Air Force Instruction 11-214 outlines conditions under which anyone in the flight can call a “knock it off.” When that happens everyone stops what they’re doing, makes sure they’re pointed away from the ground and each other, and they address […]