Friday, March 24, 2006

This Is Wrong

Texas arresting drunks in bars - Peculiar Postings -

Is this a movie? The Minority Report?

This is government going too far:

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.

The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission’s Carolyn Beck.

Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkenness, Beck said.

Maybe it's the civil libertarian in me, but this is about as wrong as government can get. "Pre-emptive" arrests because someone might leave the bar and drive drunk.

People...laws protect your freedom or take it away. This is definitely taking it away. Now the question is, will some judge uphold these arrests? Will somebody challenge it all the way to the Supremes? Or, will Texans sit back and let the police state take over?

Stand by for a follow up.

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