Government agents should not have the right to stop and question Americans anywhere without suspicion within 100 miles of the border, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday, pointing attention to the little known power of the federal government to set up immigration checkpoints far from the nation’s border lines.I grew up in the state of Maine. There is no part of the state that is more than 100 miles either from Canada or from the sea. Since people can come into the country by ship, literally every square inch of the state is excepted from the Fourth Amendment's guarantee of being secure in your person, effects, and home. I'm sure that some Fed.Gov legal wiz is figuring out how they can justify not getting a warrant to enter your home because "it's on the border" - even where I grew up which is not on the ocean and is a 5 hour drive to Canada.
This no doubt will ease citizens' concerns about the growth of tyrannical government. Oh, wait:
At the outset of President Obama's second term, he sits atop a government that a majority of Americans - 53 percent - view as a threat to personal rights and freedoms, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.The American public is actually pretty sensible. I have a suggestion, if the Fed.Gov wants to not be perceived as being a threat to people's personal rights and freedoms: stop being a threat to people's personal rights and freedoms.