I could relate many, many stories of abuse by police officers-being shaken down all the time as a teenager because they ''knew I had pot on me'', a couple of friends being arrested, manhandled, and held without given a reason because they slightly resembled 2 guys who supposedly tried to snatch a little girl off the street (of course it wasn't them, and the resemblance was they had long hair), having my car searched anytime I was pulled over, as a teenager, because once I had booze in my car. I could go on and on.
It seems that many people here are relating police to homeland security. And I really don't think there is much of a connection at all. Most of the issues that homeland security brings up (and I abhorr many of them) are really issues that the Feds are dealing with, not local law enforcement. Police forces have always had a few ''bad apples'' that soil their name. This has been true long before 9/11 and will continue to be true. Don't get me wrong, I am not making light of anyone's situation, having been there many, many times. But I don't think you can translate those situations to Homeland Security.
I am definately apaulled by some of the actions of Homeland Security and some of the issues of freedom that the Patriot Acts seem to be stepping on. I am sickened that, in the US, we still have possible ''terrorist suspects'' being held under unconstitutional conditions, or that the government can arrest anyone of us based on illegal wiretaps or searches. But one thing I can't feel bad about is ''beefed up'' security at airports. For years, when I traveled abroad I was always singled out to further searches by security at international airports, just because I looked like a pot-head. Yes it was an inconvience, but I never got mad because I had been ''profiled'', I actually couldn't believe that I travelled around the US so freely, compared to in Europe and Africa. The fact that they use racial profiling to help determine who warrents extra searching, while saddening, is unfortunately necessary. But if it helps make the skies (and ground) safer for it, then it must be done. And when the US is attacked by more homegrown terrorists, such as T. McVey, then I will willing subject myself to the same profiling standards as others. Remember I have already been there based on the fact that I was a ''long-haired hippy'' who must be smuggling pot.
Doesn't mean that I don't have my ''little ways'' to ''get even''. I have been but on the computer lists already, once again, for extra security measures because a few trips ago I lost my license and had to use some alternate forms of ID. Now, everytime I travel by plane, I get pulled aside for extra checking. So the last time I flew I made sure to wear the nastiest, smelliest shoes I owned. Boy, did that security officer get a face full when he went to check my shoes!! Could almost see him gag! :D :D :D Okay, so some old anti-establishment behaviors die hard.;) ;)