Tu misera America
August 2, 2008
As if taking off your shoes, being inspected in a machine that I can only describe as a miniature gas chamber while your shoes are checked for hazardous materials (boy, they should just smell mine, there’s a chemical WMD for ya!), and then being grunted at by an unfriendly immigration officer wasn’t enough of a hassle when going to the U.S. No, now I could also have my laptop detained, my data inspected, copied and stored by the Department of Homeland Security for God knows how long, and all that without even being under suspicion.
What happened to the Fourth Amendment that I was taught in U.S. History class?
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.
How much paint thinner do you have sniff to not find the DHS’s practice “unreasonable?” How can this not be unconstitutional? I suppose you’ll have to go to law school to understand your own rights, or the absence thereof in this case…
How cynical does New Hampshire’s number plate inscription “Live Free or Die” sound now! If this is America’s new interpretation of freedom, dying is starting to look like a serious alternative. Or at least not going there anymore.