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Flex Your Rights, the people behind the popular (in student and libertarian circles, at least) DVD Busted, was just mistaken for being the ACLU. was the source for the bad information provided. Flex Your Right’s response is . While Stop the ACLU retracted the portion about Busted being an ACLU film, their commentary on the general topic is pretty scary.
Now, here is where I really started having a problem:
The video also showed a segment where a young woman hosting a party got herself into a world of trouble when a guest allowed police to enter her home and find drug paraphernalia.
According to the ACLU video, however, “getting busted is no party.”
They suggested a number of ways the young woman in the video, and viewers, could protect herself from a police violation of her rights. The ACLU recommended that partiers:
– Know who is at the party and what they are doing.
– Keep paraphernalia and other illegal articles out of view of police.
Lets stop right there for a moment. Notice that the ACLU did not suggest the best method to keep out of trouble at a party; obeying the law. Instead they told the kids to keep their drug paraphernailia well hidden, in essense not only condoning the criminal activity of possessing it, but also of concealing it. They go on to even offer suggestions on how to do so.
If the law is unjust, why the hell should it be obeyed? Would Stop the ACLU have supported Jim Crow laws merely because it was the law? Would they have supported the internment of the Japanese because it’s the law? If the police pick you as a random target for a beating (or shoving a nightstick up your ass), don’t resist. After all, they are the law.