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Friday, June 24, 2005

High court OKs personal property seizures

CNN reports that The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private economic development.

At issue was the scope of the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property through eminent domain if the land is for "public use."

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been a key swing vote on many cases before the court, issued a stinging dissent. She argued that cities should not have unlimited authority to uproot families, even if they are provided compensation, simply to accommodate wealthy developers.


The erosion of our rights continues. Only 6 states allow taking, Alaska has no laws either way.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Prince William said...

This is the opening shot for the end of a good thing. It could also be a spark in the new revolution. Will the U.S. become a nation of oppressed, or a world leader of the free? Will Wal-Mart and wealthy developers crush the most basic right, that of private property and the idea of property ownership, which seperates the original U.S. from so many other countries, or will the People rise up and say they will not go down without a fight?

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this will be one more straw on the camels back. A few will lead, and the rest will follow. As for the crushing of our rights, it really got rolling on 9/12. Few cared when Oklahoma City got bombed by a domestic terrorist, and there was no impetus to deny citizens rights. Now, we are facing the so-called patriot act (Orwellian), and the expansion thereof.

What's next?

12:18 AM  
Blogger The King of Alaska said...

Most insightful comments. We must act quickly or our precious few remaining rights will be taken away. Next, we must be prepared to fight to restore our rights and freedoms.

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