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Monday, August 4, 2008

Indefinate High Tech Detention

In the past few hot days of this unbearable summer, the omnipotent Homeland Security guru, Michael Chertoff, has announced that laptops are fare game for this government department to hold indefinately in detention at United States borders. The good news is that this institution is well armed and protected to keep their employess busy, but the bad news is that this new gameplan is unconstitutional.

The problem with this newest DHS order is that it break's the Fourth Amendment of 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."

By allowing the government to give the okay for authorities to steal items and not giving them back to travelers has travelled beyond the path of being unconstitutional. It is simply illegal.

DHS Document
Washington Post Article

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