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He paused and left the thought incomplete, returning to the safe ground of forensics. "Of course, I wish I could complete all the skeletons and take everything out of the ground. Look at that one." He picked up the lower jaw of a child. "It has almost all the teeth in it but when we pulled it out of the ground, they fell out. This one doesn't have wisdom teeth -- they grow after 18 so we know this one was younger than that." He turned back to the personal impact. "I don't have any disturbing emotions. When I was 13, I witnessed the death of my friend when a drunk policeman killed him in 1939. We went to the railroad storage area to look for something. Three policemen rushed in and kicked us out. They were all drunk. One of them raised his gun and shot him through the heart. I lifted my friend's head. His eyes rolled back in his head and he died. They just looked and walked away." He paused again and looked back at the table of bones. He picked up a small one, no more than a couple of inches long. "You know what this is?" he asked. It was the shoulder bone of a child.Yeah, really funny guys, those commies. Uncle Joe, and all that. Can you believe that Ronald Reagan guy? "Evil Empire"? What a hoot! Idiots. You know how some people rub their dogs' noses in it to house-train them? Wish I could rub the anti-anti-communists -- the eye-rollers, the jack-asses wearing the Chairman Mao caps and the Che Guevera t-shirts at the annual WTO-Starbucks-McDonald's-"globalism"-whatever-dude-I-just-wanna-get-high protests -- wish I could rub their noses in their icons' handiwork. They're like Holocaust deniers, just denying a different holocaust.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against non-random searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon random selection, supported by Oath or affirmation, and describing in no particular detail the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.Not only could the police could stop and search you as you drove to work, walked to the park, or lounged in your backyard for no particular reason, but they could only stop and search you for no particular reason. The benefit of this system would be equal protection: no one could complain that the government singled him out for search and seizure based on unfair criteria because the government singled him out for no reason at all. It would be equally likely that the police would frisk a middle-class woman walking in a swanky suburb or a young man in an inner city neighborhood. But society couldn't tolerate such a system. First, too many criminals would escape. Since there's a limited number of criminals in society, and a limited number of searches the police can perform, a policy of randomly searching the general population would minimize the number of criminals who would be searched and discovered. But the second, and I think more important, reason society would tolerate this random scheme is the fact that it would be equally likely that criminal and non-criminals would be searched.
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