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Use of Unnecessary Force: Police, Security, or Nazi Storm Troopers?

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police in Washington threw a New York woman to the ground and then arrested her at an airport security checkpoint. Was the force justified? She says absolutely not, and has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the officers involved.

Robin Kassner says she blacked out and doesn't remember much about her February 2007 encounter with airport police, but security cameras captured the whole incident.

What is still not clear is how did a routine bag search escalate into what looks like a bar brawl?

"I realize, oh my God, I'm being beat up," Kassner said, narrating the surveillance video.

Kassner, a marketing executive, says she was pulled out of the security line at Reagan National Airport when screeners told her her contact lens solution didn't meet the liquid ban requirement.

As a TSA employee searched Kassner's bag, Washington D.C. airport police arrived and appeared to motion to her to step away from the bag. She turns her back, and that's when things get ugly.

Two officers are seen dragging Kassner away from her suitcase before they throw her to the ground.

"I was begging them over and over to get off me, and they wouldn't stop," she said.

Fifteen seconds later, police lifted Kassner to her feet and shoved her into a nearby table. It is unclear what she said next, but there were three officers involved at that point. One man can be seen taking his elbow and slamming her head onto the table.

"I suffered a concussion as a result of that, and I've had memory problems," she said.

Kassner says it felt like her arm was breaking as the three officers put her in handcuffs. And then, two minutes after it all began, she is led away.

A spokesman from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says that Kassner, "was interfering with the screening process and refusing to follow security procedures."

Kassner was arrested, taken to a Virginia jail and charged with obstruction of justice.

Drugs on Campus

(InfoWeb News) The drug distribution network was "so sophisticated" [they used those now "super high tech" text messages to communicate] that "the Feds had to be called in". Despite all the fear mongering and the vast homeland security bureaucracy, law enforcement still seems pathetically inept and out-of-touch with life in America. This begs the question: are all the intelligent people in our population smoking marijuana for recreation in academic and other intellectual settings, while the less intelligent portions of the population in law enforcement brain-damaged from drinking too much of the highly toxic and dangerous (but legal) substance alcohol?

Isn't it time to get real about the demonstrable fact that the "war on drugs" is actually the "war on citizens"? That our government supports highly toxic substances like alcohol and cigarettes, largely because of the corruption they support, while at the same time criminalizing less toxic and fatal substances like marijuana, again, because of the corruption that is supported by their criminalization.

What is the connection with our two stories "Clinton's Old Math" and "Drugs on Campus"? If you can't answer the question, you're probably one of Clinton's uneducated voters. Perhaps it's time for "Change" and to celebrate it with a Tea Party like the one held some two hundred years ago.

About That Windfall Profits Tax

(InfoWeb News Service 5.8/2008) The windfall profits tax proposed by congressmen today will not find its way to citizen's pockets. Congress already has plans for the tens of Billions of dollars the windfall taxes will generate. That means it's a hidden tax on citizens, who will go on paying high prices at the pump while some of that money is siphoned off to the government who will, if you actually believe such things, will spend the money wisely on our behalf.

While announcing the plan, congressmen complained about the high price of gas, but couldn't explain how the windfall profits tax would help with that, since all the money would go to the government.

Political pandering? We didn't say that. Hopefully you already figured that out!

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