Showing posts with label law. Show all posts
Showing posts with label law. Show all posts

July 15, 2010

A List of 1300 in Utah

Apparently someone or some group circulated a list in Utah that contains the social security numbers and other highly personal information of 1300 suspected undocumented immigrants. State officials in Utah are now investigating the origin of that list. From TPM:
State agencies are investigating whether any of their employees leaked Social Security numbers and other personal information after a list of 1,300 people who an anonymous group claims are illegal immigrants was circulated around Utah.

The anonymous group mailed the list to several media outlets, law enforcement agencies and others this week, frightening the state's Hispanic community. A letter accompanying the list demanded that those on it be deported immediately.

The list also contains highly detailed personal information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, workplaces, addresses and phone numbers. Names of children are included, along with due dates of pregnant women on the list.
This is not the way that things should be handled. There is a reason why we have a law enforcement system, and a reason why even suspected criminals have rights. The same laws that protect suspects also protects everyone else. Hopefully more information about this comes out soon.

*I found this via Jay Tea's post over at Wizbang.

April 18, 2010

Bending the rule of law

Last night I saw the film "Taxi to the Dark Side," which actually ties in with quite a lot of the readings that I have been doing in seminar classes this semester. This is especially so with the readings of Giorgio Agamben and others who spend a good amount of time talking about citizenship, sovereignty, rights, and law--and how political all of these can become during times of war (or states of exception). Here is the trailer for the film:



Are human rights ever inalienable? Can a universal set of human rights ever encompass all societies? Who defines these rights, and who enforces them?