The current approach to criminal prosecutions premised on evidentiary requirements -- “finding evidence of a crime” -- places significant burdens on law enforcement. On the other side of the ledger, we do not perceive any real benefit to our citizenry by the evidence of an actual crime requirement in such cases -- no discernible advancement of their liberty or privacy interests.
After all, citizens would just be inconvenienced by a lengthy trial, guilty or not, surely they would prefer to avoid that and just be quickly whisked off to a nice corporate prison.
“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’” Ahmed said.
“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”
“He said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me.’”
High school aged me: "That's because you're a ******* idiot." (That would only be said if I could stop from laughing in his face.)
There are web sites devoted to allowing former students to discuss the incompetence of the administration in my high school, yet even they would never have done something this stupid. The closest Ahmed came to making a mistake was showing it to his English teacher and not his Science teacher (if they have a Science teacher, I guess this is in Texas...).
(Violynne): "Will you two shut the hell up already! Trying to watch 'Lord of the Rings' here."
(Toaster): "Says the Lord of the Onion Rings..."
In a few years we'll be hearing about Smart Scales and Smart Cars communicating, and then the car refuses to drive to fast food. Or maybe there will be a car hack that will make the car complain when overweight people get in ("Ouch!"), make grunting noises when going uphill, and ask "Ummm, we going to the gym?" at least once a day.
If the occasional tap on the brakes doesn't solve the problem, I've found that liberal use of windshield wiper fluid usually encourages them to follow at an appropriate distance. This works better when the offending car is new/sporty/freshly washed.
If I'm on a multi-lane road, I will move over to let them pass as soon as it's safe, I don't mind at all if they want to go fast and clear out any speed traps. And while I'm not the fastest driver on the road, I don't think I've ever been tailgated because I was driving below the speed limit.
For once the spokescritter speaks the truth, at least for some areas. The catch is in the phrase 'abandoning'. The accurate description for many areas should be 'abandoned' as in past tense. They are not currently abandoning DSL customers, they're already abandoned. When FiOs was installed in my area for example, DSL service was immediately degraded. It went from its normal 'somewhat usable' to 'barely usable' to 'wtf completely unusable' in about two months. They're not still abandoning DSL here, it's fully abandoned. It may be a technicality, but they'll obviously use any method they can to avoid bad and accurate publicity.