Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sunday Morning Fourth Amendment Pop Quiz--Know Your Missouri Senator

Which present or former Missouri senator wrote:

The protections of the Fourth Amendment are clear. The right to protection from unlawful searches is an indivisible American value. Two hundred years of court decisions have stood in defense of this fundamental right. The state's interest in effective crime-fighting should never vitiate the citizens' Bill of Rights.
A. Senator Claire McCaskill; or

B. Former Senator John Ashcroft?

The correct answer is John Ashcroft. The above quote is taken from KEEP BIG BROTHER'S HANDS OFF THE INTERNET written by John Ashcroft in October 1997. Years later, in a scene reminiscent of Jim Bowie fighting Mexican soldiers from his cot in the Alamo infimary, a very ill Aschroft sat up in his hospital bed to tell Alberto Gonzales "NO" to a policy violating the 4th Amendment.

Yesterday, rushing to get out of Washington, McCaskill quipped to a CQ Today reporter about her vote for the Bush FISA bill.
“I’m not thrilled. There are some changes we need to make to make sure that American citizens are protected. But it’s a lot better than a lot of things that have been forced down this Congress’ throat right before recesses that trampled on American’s liberties.”
McCaskill knowns what is really important. American liberties be damned if they get in the way of her vacation. Party, party, party, party.