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    No privacy rights within 100 miles of U.S. border

    If this is true, it's a major concern! I would ask you, My Forum Buddies, to do some research and see if this can be substantiated or debunked! To avoid duplication, please post your findings under this thread. Thank you!

    Northeast Intelligence Network -- No privacy rights within 100 miles of U.S. border
    By Douglas J. Hagmann, Founder & Director
    10 July 2010

    It is no secret that I am pro-law enforcement – very pro-law enforcement, in fact. Some of my best friends are law enforcement officers who work in local, state and federal agencies. On my wedding day in 1991, I lost a friend who was a police officer in Houston, Texas when he pulled over a car and was subsequently shot during the course of a traffic stop. I also lost a friend and several acquaintances, all law enforcement officers, in the 2001 attack on America by Islamic terrorists. Their job is among the most dangerous, especially in today’s environment, so I am in favor of any “tool” that would keep them and our country safer.

    Within the last month, however, I personally found myself at odds with law enforcement while traveling by car close to the U.S. border with Canada. I was within 5 miles of our northern border in the state of New York, yet well inside the U.S. with no intention of crossing the border. In fact, I could not even see the border and was not in close proximity to any border crossing point. Nonetheless, I encountered what could be best described as a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint.

    Although I personally was not subjected to any searches and the questions asked of me were relatively non-invasive, at least one or two other motorists appeared to have hit a “speed bump” on the road called homeland security. They were pulled aside, and one of the federal officers appeared to be holding or looking at a cell phone or small camera. The license plates on both vehicles I observed being subjected to a secondary search were of U.S. origin.

    Due to schedule issues, I was unable to perform any on-site inquiries about the apparent “mobile checkpoint,” although I contacted a law enforcement source later that day who verified that it was a “rolling checkpoint” that was being conducted by the U.S. Border Patrol. What greatly disturbed me, however, was what I learned later about the activities taking place at the makeshift “secondary” inspection location. This is where the two motorists were pulled aside, and one agent appeared to be inspecting an electronic device from one of the vehicles.

    I was surprised to learn that federal agents, specifically those with the U.S. Border Patrol, have the right to inspect an individual’s cell phone (including call history, text messages and photographs), computers, cameras and even GPS units without needing reasonable cause or suspicion. Furthermore, that “right” extends up to 100 miles inland from our north and south borders.

    My source provided me with an overview of the criteria the agents were using to select vehicles for a secondary inspection, although for legitimate security reasons, I will not disclose that criteria. I will confirm, however, that the additional inspection was not due to the physical appearance or any factors related to race/ethnicity of the vehicle occupants that would suggest that they might be from outside the U.S. In fact, I was told that those manning the checkpoint were not sufficiently equipped to handle the detention of illegal aliens, “especially if more than one or two happened to be discovered.” Although I was assured that “persons of interest, if located, would be detained appropriately,” I am unconvinced that detention would extend to suspected illegal aliens whose names were not on any such “list.” My law enforcement source candidly expressed similar doubts during our conversation.

    In summary, if you find yourself traveling on public roads within 100 miles of either of our land borders, some of the freedoms granted to you as an American by the U.S. Constitution do not appear to apply. As I stated, I am “pro-law enforcement,” and understand that the men and women of law enforcement are doing what they have been ordered to do. I also hold dear the rights and freedoms given to me by the U.S. Constitution. The two should never be - must never be -mutually exclusive. In this case, that’s exactly what they’ve become.

    While the corporate media continues to peddle its pabulum to the masses who seem to be more concerned about Lindsay Lohan and Lebron James, our rights are on the fast track to extinction. Kim Komando, computer expert and talk radio host, talks about this issue and electronic privacy while traveling in this brief video:

    YouTube - The government & your electronic data when traveling!
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    wolfhunter Guest
    Last edited by wolfhunter; 07-11-2010 at 02:38 PM. Reason: Added 2 links

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    mojo Guest
    It was on one of the talk shows last week where they were talking about a statement that BO made aobut our secure borders; he said;(parapharsing), that the borders are indeed secure, as we are checking 100% of the trains(I thnk it was) heading SOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO
    I feel so much better.........

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    Thanks Mom!,
    One of the local people here was looking for questions to ask candidates for the US Congressional district debate soon. I think that would be a good question from those canadates..
    Semper Fi

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    Thanks for the links, wolf. The ACLU link dates back to October, 2009, BUT the other two are much more recent: July 10th and July 11th, 2010.

    I would like to make it the mission, of our membership to either confirm or debunk the validity of this story. IMO, if this story is legitimate, it is a major infringement on our individual freedoms as citizens of the USA. If this story is true, everyone that we know must be made aware of this clear and present danger and our Congressmen need to be questioned concerning same.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    wolfhunter Guest
    I just went back and looked at the maps again. Anybody notice that virtually all of the most populated cities are in this 100 mile band?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfhunter View Post
    I just went back and looked at the maps again. Anybody notice that virtually all of the most populated cities are in this 100 mile band?
    If you read the article at the third link that you provided, wolf, you will find this: "... nearly two-thirds of Americans – 194.7 million people -- live within a 100-mile-radius of the U.S. borders and could be subject to an infringement of their Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches." IMO, that statement alone is reason for major concern.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    wolfhunter Guest
    Yes, ma'am. I did read that. I just thought emphasizing the graphics would make a faster/bigger impact.

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    edge of freedom
    They've done that on I 87 now for years and have caused at least two fatal crashes I'm sure there's more I'm not aware of
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    With the "Patriot Act" we lost many freedoms. Did you know that any agency under the umbrella of Homeland Security can stand out in the street, hand write a search warrant, and serve you. It's happened and it's "legal". So long fourth amendment rights. So far the Muslim fundamentalists are winning. I live in AR and have not neared the border for years so I have had no personal problems. I will ask around and see if anyone has. Thanks for the heads up. We really need an administration that takes this war seriously and cancels all visits from any Arab country and allows no students and secures our borders until they prove they can be good neighbors. We do not need this s...

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