The Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights watchdog has concluded that travelers along the nation’s borders may have their electronics seized and the contents of those devices examined for any reason whatsoever — all in the name of national security.
The DHS, which secures the nation’s border, in 2009 announced that it would conduct a “Civil Liberties Impact Assessment” of its suspicionless search-and-seizure policy pertaining to electronic devices “within 120 days.” More than three years later, the DHS office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties published a two-page executive summary of its findings.
“We also conclude that imposing a requirement that officers have reasonable suspicion in order to conduct a border search of an electronic device would be operationally harmful without concomitant civil rights/civil liberties benefits,” the executive summary said.
The rogue and lawless Obama administration takes another huge crap on the Constitution:
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.
That doesn’t mean that the right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated unless some out-of-control agency of state tyranny decides otherwise.
You know, one of the bulwarks of liberty in America has always been the assumption that even the most tyrannical of governments would refrain from nakedly ignoring the Constitution, but now we have such an administration whose basic policy is not only to do exactly that, but do it openly, boldly, and proudly. And we find ourselves powerless to stop it, thanks to a supine congress, a hapless supreme court, and a nation of suicidal ignoramuses.
We no longer have a system of checks and balances, nor do we have a nation of laws: We have a nation of men who ignore the highest law of the land whenever it suits their purposes, while shackling the rest of us in an endless web of laws designed both to turn us all into potential or actual criminals, or enrich the ruling classes, or both.
We live in a full blown tyranny. The only reason we haven’t seen the mass murders, prison camps (although we imprison more people than any other western nation by far) and the other customary trappings of totalitarianism is that our rulers don’t yet see a need for them. If they do, however, the hollow husks of our once-great institutions will do nothing to prevent them from carrying out their desires.