|The bipartisan 100 mile deep Constitution Free Zone where you have no rights.|
The Republican Party in Action
- A Ronald Reagan appointed Federal Judge says that a 100 mile deep "Constitution Free Zone" inside the US is legal.
- Once again the so-called "evil" ACLU is standing up against both the Republicans and Democrats to defend the Bill of Rights and the 4th Amendment. Conservative legal groups are nowhere to be found in defending the 4th Amendment.
The Bipartisan Police State - A Federal judge who endorsed “suspicion-less” searches of laptops, cameras and cell phones at the border has set up a possible Supreme Court showdown challenging what critics call “Constitution-free zones” and the Obama administration’s dragnet approach to national security.
A decision by Judge Edward Korman upholding the federal government’s right to search travelers’ electronic devices at or near the border conflicts with a similar ruling in California. That ruling requires a “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity before agents can confiscate and examine personal photos, laptops and files. Korman’s ruling does not reports Fox News.
|Judge Edward Korman|
Appointed by Ronald Reagan, does not
have a clue what the 4th Amendment is.
“I think Americans are justifiably becoming increasingly surprised and even outraged by the extent to which the national security state seems to be monitoring and collecting information about us all,” said ACLU Attorney Catherine Crump. “We think that having a purely suspicion-less policy is wrong, because it leaves border agents with no standards at all to follow. That opens the door that people will be [targeted] for inappropriate reasons.”
The ACLU originally challenged the administration’s policy, which can be applied anywhere within 100 miles of the border, after U.S. Customs agents stopped student Pascal Abidor on a train traveling from Canada to New York. After noticing Abidor had two passports — not uncommon for journalists and those with dual citizenship — agents asked to see his laptop. Since Abidor was a student of Middle Eastern affairs, his computer contained photos of political rallies held by Hamas and Hezbollah, known terrorist groups.
The ACLU sued, claiming the broad expansion of search powers under President Obama posed a danger to the lives of ordinary Americans -- especially since the administration claims it has the right to inspect items not just at ports of entry, but checkpoints hundreds of miles away. The ACLU calls these "Constitution-free zones."
"The administration's rationale is you can never be too careful, that people do bring contraband across the border and it needs to be detected. We think that policy is really problematic because of the sensitive and private nature of the materials people have on their laptops and phones these days and we want to try to put an end to this suspicion-less search policy," Crump said.
But the ACLU lost. Korman, a Reagan appointee, said electronic searches by U.S. Customs and Border Protection are conducted fewer than 15 times a day and do not constitute an undue burden or risk to travelers.
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