Thursday, October 23, 2008
US Constitution suspended in Hawaii, according to ACLU
by Larry Geller
The following is a snippet from an ACLU fact sheet about the latest erosion of civil liberties. As you will see, all of Hawaii is affected.
- Normally under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the American people are not generally subject to random and arbitrary stops and searches.
- The border, however, has always been an exception. There, the longstanding view is that the normal rules do not apply. For example the authorities do not need a warrant or probable cause to conduct a “routine search.”
- But what is “the border”? According to the government, it is a 100-mile wide strip that wraps around the “external boundary” of the United States.
- As a result of this claimed authority, individuals who are far away from the border, American citizens traveling from one place in America to another, are being stopped and harassed in ways that our Constitution does not permit.
(thanks to the Progressive Review)
Why should we care? The ACLU sums it up thusly:
If the current generation of Americans does not challenge this creeping (and sometimes galloping) expansion of federal powers over the individual through the rationale of "border protection," we are not doing our part to keep alive the rights and freedoms that we inherited, and will soon find that we have lost some or all of their right to go about their business, and travel around inside their own country, without interference from the authorities.
A distinction we strangely share with a majority of the original 13 colonies. However, the "routine searches" of La Migra in Southern California I have no knowledge of occurring in the Northeast.
i just heard about this from a friend. This is happening right now in Washington State. Border agents are going on buses asking for I.D. from average citizens inside of their own country. Shameful. GO ACLU!