16 May 2008

But I Like the Big Brother My Parents Gave Me

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Look familiar? If not, don't you worry your pretty little head, because evidently it is no longer in effect. U.S. citizens returning home are being searched in airports and at border crossings, having their electronics ~laptops, PDA's, and cell phones~ confiscated, tampered with, and retained without Warrant, cause, or explanation. [see title link]

Of course we can speculate as to the nature of the classified protocols for selection. The individuals being targeted have certain types of names and may go to certain places. But some
are U.S. citizens. Let that sink in for a minute. Wait, I've been to Morocco, a Muslim country, in the last year. I go to Columbus, Ohio regularly... where there is a large Somali (Muslim) population. My name is "funny." Now I've gone and put "Big Brother" in a blog title and posted the 4th Amendment (r.i.p.) in the first paragraph. You may never hear from me again. Just in case, be aware, people. Use it or lose it.

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