Written by Christopher Stockdale
In 2008 the Federal Government declared that a “certain” radius (100 Miles) around the border is subject to “suspicionless searches and seizures”. Excuse me? Lucky for us, our benevolent and all loving “Big Mother” has stated that “we (DHS) conclude that the laptop border searches allowed under the ICE and CBP Directives do not violate travelers’ First Amendment rights.” Oh, well thank the heavens for that! As well as their belief that our first amendment rights are not violated, they also believe that “CBP’s and ICE’s current border search policies comply with the Fourth Amendment. 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”. Again, what? I’m sorry if my rights make you’re police state antics that much harder to carry out, unfortunately, I could not give two craps over how much my liberty impedes upon their ability to absolutely control every aspect of our lives. I may sound like a crazy conspiracy theorist, but, it’s not their job! I’ve got an idea! How about they do not! *Gasp*, “but Chris, how ever will we be safe and secure without “Big Mother” watching everything we do and protecting us from ourselves?” Oh, I don’t know, we couldn’t possibly take care of ourselves like we did for nearly two hundred years. That’s obviously not an option.
Now, before I get too far in my rant, I’d like to address another subject. An entity I call “Big Mother”. While I would argue that we have indeed become Orwellian in process, I would disagree in how these Orwellian programs are carried out. Instead of the traditional 1984 “Big Brother” a friend of mine, Ms. Malynda Lee, suggested that it has the more over-bearing and satiating characteristic of “Big Mother“.
If all of that wasn’t enough, let me throw out a number (census 2007) of how many people at minimum are effected. This comes from the A.C.L.U. website on the matter of Constitution Free Zones. The page can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/constitution-free-zone-numbers
The numbers below are taken from the 2007 U.S. Census. States that
are not listed, have zero population within the 100 mile zone.
|State||Estimated 2007 Border Population||Estimated 2007 State Population||Percentage of Population in Constitution-Free Zone|
|District of Columbia||588,292||588,292||100.00%|