- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 15, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble: George Clooney, whose humanitarian organization donated $500,000 to the World Food Program to help continue sending supplies to Darfur.

The United Nations’ Rome-based food program distributes food and other supplies to struggling nations all over the planet. Due to the rising cost of food and transportation, the group announced that it would need a staggering $500 million in order to reach its goal of feeding 73 million people this year.

That’s where Mr. Clooney comes in. The Hollywood heartthrob is also a philanthropist. Just this week, the Not On Our Watch Project — founded by Mr. Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and others — donated a chunk of money to the World Food Program. Josette Sheeran, executive director of the World Food Program, said of the donation: “This contribution will make a difference to the millions of vulnerable women and children trapped there, and we hope it will inspire other donations.”

When what we’re used to seeing from Hollywood is stints in rehab and hard-partying slackers, it’s refreshing to find those who truly make a difference in the world by making humanitarian gestures.

For making a very generous donation to starving people, the Not on Our Watch Project is the Noble of the Week.

Knave: D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, for offering amnesty to people who allow police to search their homes without a warrant.

As part of her three-pronged “Safe Homes Initiative,” Chief Lanier announced this week that officers will go door-to-door to ask residents to search their homes for guns. As incentive, residents will be offered amnesty from arrest for any illegal contraband found in their homes. Any collected guns shown to have been used in a crime are exempt from the amnesty. The goal, of course, is to get guns off the streets, but the consequence is a blurring of our civil liberties.

D.C. law already infringes on the Second Amendment by outlawing handgun ownership. Now it’s taking on the Fourth Amendment, which addresses search-and-seizure rights.

Simply put, this new gun-amnesty initiative is horrible policy. It is slated to begin later this month, but the mayor should tell the chief to hold off. After all, the city already has a gun-amnesty program, and it foolishly forces all D.C. taxpayers to buy into it.

Let’s see … the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment …

For trying to trash the Constitution, Chief Lanier is the Knave of the Week.

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