Sunday, August 3, 2008

Border guards clarify: They don't need a reason for search and seizure

A few months ago I opined about the new policies practiced by U.S. Customs and Immigration officials, observing that this was yet more evidence that our once vaulted constitution has been sullied by the U.S. Government, and the very institutions that we depend on to protect the principles we have long revered. Fellow blogger "Winter Patriot" has just updated his blog with clarification as to the policy and it's practice.
On July 24, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that US Customs and Border Patrol Officers had the right to search and seize a person’s laptop computer, computer discs and other electronic media. Nowhere has this information been broadcast. Millions of travelers know nothing about this ruling. Yet the word has begun to find its way out into public view. If you travel in and out of the United States I strongly recommend that you visit this blog
If you are an American, and you love your country, the information will sadden you. However, as the blogger points out:
"And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow."-- Solomon (Ecclesiastes 1:17-18)

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