Friday, August 01, 2008
Next Stop; Nazi America
Scary article in the Washington Post about how the government, almost officially calling itself Big Brother, can and is detaining personal electronics such as laptops and cellphones without any probably cause. The auspices of this extremely egregious violation of the 4th Amendment is that at border crossings, sometimes peoples laptops, cellphones, scraps of paper and video tapes have to be taken and examined for an unspecified amount of time in the interests of national security.
I cannot overstate enough that the DHS does NOT need to have any reasonable cause to take your laptop or cellphone or iPod or even scraps of paper you've written on. NONE! And they don't have to tell you when or even if you'll ever get your stuff back. AND they can copy and distribute your data as they see fit.
Does this sound at all like a government that believes in our Constitution and Bill of Rights? I sure as hell don't think so! It sounds more and more like a Nazi government, bent on destroying any civil liberties that don't fall in line with the party line.
This is but one small step away from the Gestapo/DHS showing up at your door in the middle of the night to search your house. Seriously - I'm not at all going for melodrama when I say this. We as a nation have lost our rights, and no one seems to give a fuck. What will it take to make the sheep of this nation realize that we are all at risk of losing everything?