Bloomberg’s “Constitution Interpretation” Comments An Exercise In IronySubmitted by McWilly on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 15:01
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s most recent freedom-hating comments concerning interpretation of the Constitution in the wake of the Boston Bombings would drive any liberty-minded person to anger…if they weren’t so ridiculously and comically ironic. Nothing that can be said or done by Bloomberg at this point would be shocking. The man has made New York City into a virtual police state, even without his most recent attack on large beverages. But the depth of the man’s lack of perspective on liberty, law and how his own actions impact freedom can’t help but raise an eyebrow.
Yesterday Bloomberg was quoted saying:
The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry…But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11.
There is irony #1, as in the wake of 9/11 under the Patriot Act, Americans had their freedoms stripped away in droves by our own government, most notably the right to privacy and protection from search and seizure without warrant, plus right to trial. Of course, a further, if happier irony, is that despite the Patriot Act allowing the arrest and detainment of people considered “enemy combatants” without trial, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be tried in civilian court for his suspected actions in Boston.