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6/28/2005 2:20:00 PM
Well, it appears that our basic rights and liberties are under assault once again.  Doesn't it seem like our rights are ALWAYS under assault lately?  Between the PATRIOT Act and this little gem; we're really going down the tubes quickly.

Here's a quick summary:

The Supreme Count has just ruled that Emiment Domain can be used to seize property for business purposes, rather than just for civic purposes as has historically been the case.

What does this mean to you?  It means that your property (as in real-estate) can be taken from you, even if you do not wish to sell.  Read the article, it's important.

There is one small consolation... A few states still respect the rights of an individual, and have passed state-level laws that help prohibit such abuses.  Washington, Montana, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Maine, South Carolina and Florida are the good ones.

Update: This is amazingly sweet!  A developer is going after land owned by Justice David Souter under the Eminent Domain clause.  He wants to build a museum about the loss of freedom.  Read about it here.