Jul 30, 2009

Latest blow to civil liberties coming soon to Ireland

Random drug testing on motorists. Nah it's an April July fools joke. That would be in violation of our human rights surely? From the IT
RANDOM DRUG testing of motorists will be a key part of the new anti-drugs strategy to be published in September, said Minister of State John Curran.

Alcohol will also be included in the drugs strategy for the first time, and there will be a designated minister dealing with drugs.

Mr Curran told the Oireachtas committee dealing with community affairs that illegal drug use increased from 5.6 per cent of the population in 2003 to 7.2 per cent in 2007 among the 15-64 age group, although greatest usage was among those under 35.

Right so because of the actions of 7.2% of the population, 100% of the drivers of Ireland have to deal with invasive tests. I don't think there's any breathalyzer for cocaine, hash or heroin. What is proposed? Blood, urine or a hair sample. I, for example, will only give blood if it's taken by a medical professional with my full informed consent. And I don't take illicit drugs!

John Curran, who I presume is responsible for this monumental fuck up, is confused. Mixing legal and illegal drugs in the same legislation is a stupid move because of the status of the outcome. What if a person has smoked a joint with the same intoxication as a glass of wine? Joints are illegal but the test is for intoxication. If the person is not intoxicated do the police just let them go or do they arrest for illicit substances. And that's just one of the problems.

Maybe Curran is just trying to entrap one of his FF colleagues that is a well known coke-head. Maybe this is what the government think is a tough stance on drugs? And maybe they are just wondering how many civil liberties they can take away before the people rise up and say "NO MORE".

Ireland is on a right-wing track and is legislating itself into a police state. Dev would be so proud. It's disgusting.

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