Historical Political Events for April 24

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Year Event
1877 The last of the Federal troops withdraw from the South as they depart from New Orleans -- 12 years after the "War Between the States" is "officially" over. [You folks in Iraq should consider yourselves warned and you might as well hunker down for the long haul. Our visit to Korea has lasted far longer!]
1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland.
1965 President Johnson (D) orders 20,000 U.S. Marines to invade Dominican Republic (only a month after the first landing of regular U.S. troops in South Vietnam) to suppress a revolutionary uprising. Hundreds of times in the last 210 years, the United States has deployed its military forces in conflicts abroad, although the U.S. has only formally declared war on eleven occasions.
1971 Over 300,000 protesters gather in Washington, D.C., to protest the Vietnam war. Such protests were becoming routine, occurring throughout the nation.
1978 "Child Abuse prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act", PL 95-266, becomes law
1980 An attempt by the U.S. to rescue the 53 hostages held in Iran goes really sour. The operation ends in disaster when a RH-53D helicopter collides with a C-130 tanker during refueling procedures at the Desert One landing site.
1996 Congress passed, and President Clinton (D) signed, a new round of statutory invitations to law enforcement abuses and infringements of procedural justice, in the misnomer of "fighting terrorism.", "1996 Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act", P.L. 104-132. By means of this law, "anti-terrorism" takes a heavy toll on constitutional rights, especially habeas corpus.
2001 The United States Supreme Court held 5-4, in Atwater v. Lago Vista, (opinion by Souter; dissent by O'Connor) that the Fourth Amendment does not forbid a warrantless arrest for a minor criminal offense. The lady was arrested and taken to jail for not having a seat belt on while driving on a country road at low speed. [We drift further towards the police state.]
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
War is no longer made by simply analyzed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule. And we in America should see that no man is ever given, no matter how gradually or how noble and excellent the man, the power to put this country into a war which is now being prepared and brought closer each day with all the pre-meditation of a long planned murder. For when you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.
    — Ernest Hemingway, “Notes on the Next War” [1935]
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