Last week a federal appeals court ruled that requiring incoming students at a state college to surrender their urine for drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment´s ban on unreasonable searches. The decision is a welcome departure from a body of case law that usually defers to the government´s perception of "special needs" that supposedly justify analyzing people´s bodily fluids without a warrant or any evidence that they pose a threat to public safety. Linn State Technical College, now known as the State Technical College of Missouri, started demanding incoming students´ urine in 2011 because members of its advisory council
This should have been obvious to the school itself and should never have had to have been litigated. But schools that think they can regulate speech can´t really be expected to think they should respect privacy either. Eternal vigilance is necessary after all.
It´s not the students that need to be Drug Tested. They are paying guests who come for the education. If they use or abuse drugs and fail the courses, go to jail, cause other problems and get kicked out of school, they have paid for the privilege.
Who SHOULD BE drug tested are the College employees. The, supposed, adults in the room that are in a position to teach and be role models to the students.
During my working years in private industry, I was required to take surprise drug tests or lose my job. Why is that not the norm in all Government jobs, not just the military? Both houses of Congress come to mind as prime examples!
If you go to a convenience store on the edge of almost any campus, cigarette rolling papers are the biggest seller. (condoms used to be, until campus health centers began to give them away for free.) If we had time travel, I would volunteer to go back in time to december, 1960, to give out some trojans to african students there. And to Frank Marshall Davis.
Alex Jones, the conspiracy-loving media personality, apologized Friday for his role in promoting “Pizzagate,” the baseless viral story that a Washington pizza restaurant was the locale of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta. In a surprising and rare bit of backtracking, Jones posted a six-minute video on his website, “InfoWars,” in which he read a prepared statement formally distancing himself and his site from what became a textbook story of fake news run amok. He addressed his apology to James Alefantis, the owner of Comet Ping Pong, the restaurant that was the
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects to see "greater enforcement" of federal drug laws under President Trump´s Justice Department in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. During a White House press briefing, Spicer was asked what the Trump administration´s policy would be on states that have legalized marijuana, placing them in conflict with federal law, where marijuana remains a Schedule I drug. Under President Obama, the Justice Department issued a memo in 2013 instructing U.S. Attorneys to take a mostly hands-off approach to recreational and medical marijuana in states that had legalized it.
The technique has been called (by this columnist) “immunity through profusion.” By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his auditors’ capacity to produce a comparable flow of corrections. This technique was on display the other day when the president met with some sheriffs. (Snip) This Trump Truth (the late Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s axiom: Anything said three times in Washington becomes a fact) distracted attention from his assertion to the sheriffs that there is “no reason” to reform law enforcement’s civil forfeiture practices.
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