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-by Bill Watkins 4/5/2017

4th Amendment Flight

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


If the noise isn’t bad enough to cause a change to be made, could Constitutional Law?

Helicopters, low-flying planes of any type: have no constitutional right to be low and loud above our homes.

What would Adams or Jefferson say about the noise?  About the invasion of privacy caused by the search by loud aerial patrols of our communities?

Someone war-minded would argue that helicopters are issued at the request of officers on the ground, a process meant to resemble “probable cause” for a search.

Where is the Civilian Oversight of this process?  Judicial oversight?

Officers will back their own, as will the pro-flight FAA, said to “monitor itself.”  FAA does about as well as the Alcohol Industry at monitoring itself.

As Big Alcohol thinks it’s okay to advertise their dangerous products to a percentage of child viewers, Big Aviation pushes a narrow view of Safety Oversight, that ignores noise.

And all of us seem to be ignoring the Constitution.  Our Privacy.  The Environment.  Peace and securing it above even the competitive “need” to “catch bad guys.”

I rarely hear criminals or suspects.  I hear helicopters.  Sirens.

Police are the real criminals here.