I am so glad I will be out of this country (the US) for the summer. I already wish I did not have to come back. I am quite sure that the best part of my trip will be that I won’t have to read crap like this in the news. And, ha, here’s the rub. I’ll be in a frakking ex-Eastern Bloc country. Waddya know. A former Soviet republic with more freedom that people in the capital of the so-called “land of the free and home of the brave.”
When D.C. police begin stopping cars at a “checkpoint” this weekend in the Trinidad neighborhood, they will record all license plate numbers, verify residents’ addresses and ask others for phone numbers of those they are visiting, according to a directive issued by Chief Cathy L. Lanier.
Lanier, who has been working on the “neighborhood safety zone” program for two months, said the checkpoints can expand to any neighborhood in response to violent crime. Police said it is a tool they plan to use to increase visibility, make arrests and gather intelligence.Â
Council Chairman Vincent C. GrayÂ (D) said the plan could be viewed as an infringement on civil liberties.Â
Yeah, ya think?Â There’s got to be a way to curtail crime without turning local police into the frakking KGB.
Sorry for the outburst but after 5 or 6 crappy news stories in a row, I just couldn’t take it any more. Enjoy the day. Especially if you don’t live in the US.