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Because some 200 million US Citizens do. That's 2/3 of us all in this country.

The Department of Homeland Security Theater has defined a 100-mile "border" around the nation. Within that "border" they can - and do - search and seize Americans (and everyone else) WITHOUT REASONABLE CAUSE. If you resist, YOU TOO can be seized. Click the map below to find out.


Click the image to see if you live in a 4th-Amendment-free zone.

Here's the original WIRED story that broke the news... which I'll bet you haven't heard about.

How is this not huge news all across the nation? Why aren't people protesting in the streets? Between 2008 and 2010, 6,500 people have had their electronic devices searched along the US border, according to DHS data. What happens to those who refuse? Have you heard what happens to those who refuse DHS? NOT GOOD THINGS. In fact, refusing DHS orders by definition makes you a terrorist suspect, which then give them cause to detain you indefinitely until they are assured you pose no threat.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

Here's the petition you need to sign to stop this Constitutionally illegal DHS behavior. Go there now. If you're a US citizen, it's your duty.

I was about to type, "I can't believe this has been going on in our country," but I can, actually. Why? here's a litany of what's become of the USA since the Neocons transformed this nation from one that represents the people to one that represents the 1% of the filthy-rich who possess 99% of the wealth:

Wiretaps, search and seizure, indefinite detention, citizen surveillance, thought police, assassinations, invasions of sovereign nations, on and on... this is no longer a nation of law, but a place that's being transformed into a tyrannical empire ruled by royalty who don't attain their power over us all (and their special segregation from rule of law) through birth but through financial privilege... which their power ever-increases, which in turn provides them more power, and so on, an eternal spiral sucking freedom and wealth from the rest of us and funneling it into their vaults. The ultra-rich are a power-singularity, around which orbit the politicians they own, and into which all we have will ultimately spiral, erasing the US Middle Class as surely as a black hole erases all traces of matter that passes within its event horizon.

If you doubt that the richest 1% utterly control all power in the US, check out this video infographic:



All of this is an outrage. An outrage against us as citizens, against the Constitution which defines this nation, against this nation as a whole, and because of our position in the world and how we project power, an outrage against everyone on Earth. Why aren't we all outraged?

This cannot go on forever - at least not without destroying every remaining aspect of America-as-the-dream-that-was. Will Americans once again just lie back and allow this new assault on our rights and freedoms? Will we let the dream fade forever into history?

Or will we sign that petition, organize protests and marches, offer sane political candidates, and put our nation back on course toward freedom? Will this finally give the Occupy movement (or something like it) a core around which to rally?

I can hope.

Chris

Comments

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pointoforigin
Mar. 22nd, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
Great Hera, my entire state falls within this zone. How did I not know this? I found this, from the Wired article, particularly disturbing: "“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,” the executive summary said." So, now we have to prove there's a "civil rights benefit" before we can have our constitutionally-established civil liberties? I signed the petition, and thanks for calling this to our attention.
mckitterick
Mar. 22nd, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
What are you, some kind of 'MERICAN-HATIN' TERR'RIST?

But seriously, WHAT THE HELL? How can officials in government live with themselves? The budget debacle is bad enough, the political intransigence is disgusting, but this? I would have said it was inconceivable as a younger, more idealistic man....
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clevermanka
Mar. 22nd, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Will Americans once again just lie back and allow this new assault on our rights and freedoms? Will we let the dream fade forever into history?

IMO, we already have.
mckitterick
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
clevermanka
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Holy crap I'm so perfectly that last one.
etcet
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
... and for many of us, the other half ain't air, it's vinegar. :)
mckitterick
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
I hope this story fills LOTS of people with piss & vinegar!
mckitterick
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was thinking of you....
carmy_w
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Signed yesterday.

This is one of those hot buttons with me. I was a Republican with my head in the sand for decades before I finally realized what they were doing to our freedoms and our country. So I'm conditioned to WORK at my politics.

It seems that a lot of Democrats and Independents are conditioned NOT to work at politics, other than to vote, and then only indifferently. One woman I work with, who is perfectly aligned with me politically, is an independent, because (paraphrase) she then doesn't have to worry about anyone asking her to help out with any political stuff. A neighbor is an independent because he thinks it keeps him off the Jury pool list. And a lady who is a rep for the KDP related a story to me about how Dems won't bother to go out in a sprinkling rain to vote, whereas Republicans will vote whether there's a blizzard, an ice storm, or most probably, the end of the world.

We need to figure out how to change this one aspect of our politics. The center & left in Kansas need to get out, get talking, and get active, or we will continue to slide backwards.
Sorry-I know I'm preaching to the choir here.
End rant.
clevermanka
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
As someone who is not registered under any political party:

A neighbor is an independent because he thinks it keeps him off the Jury pool list

carmy_w
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know. My husband isn't registered to vote at all, and he's been called for the pool for our home county twice, for a six-month period each time.
I very nearly looked right at the neighbor and said "that's a SHITTY EXCUSE."
But he's the type that would vote straight ticket Republican, so I just left well enough alone.
clevermanka
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
My husband isn't registered to vote at all

carmy_w
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
I know. And he likes talking politics, and agrees with most of my views, and gets riled up, but vote? Whassat?
clevermanka
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
mckitterick
Mar. 22nd, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
EXCELLENT points! I think you've hit the nail on the head about what's wrong with US politics:

The greedy and control-mad get their ignorant sheep followers to be activists by appealing to fear (of the other, or of change, or of eternal damnation, or of what-have-you).

True conservatives want to stop change. Good luck with that.

Liberals want change but forgot how to work for it. Good luck with that, too.

Does the problem once again come down to "the Baby Boomers ruined it for us all"? I mean, they got out and marched and got shot and everything, but then went on to become even more greedy and even worse fiscal predators than their forebears. So why would anyone trust their methods? Or maybe we're just too comfortable with what we have, even if it's slowly vanishing.

The US needs its own take on the Alif the Unseen story.
silk_noir
Mar. 23rd, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
Choir right here, yup.
safewrite
Mar. 22nd, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
It's not just the neocons - recent indignities (last five years) show it to be a bi-partisan thing.
mckitterick
Mar. 22nd, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Of course - I'm not suggesting otherwise! Neocons can be Dems just as well as Repugnicans. It's about who they work for, and that's not the American people....
tully01
Mar. 22nd, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
As I mentioned to Chris elsewhere, the 9th Circuit just this month ruled against the idea promoted by DHS that non-routine border searches are exempt from the "reasonable suspicion" standard. And they affirmed that the "reasonable suspicion" standard applies to even routine "extended border searches."

In short, regardless of what DHS wants for authority, the law and courts say they're wrong. While you can be routinely searched without suspicion while crossing the border (or coming through a port of entry) once you leave it the RS "Terry Stop" standard applies, just as it does with most stops by law enforcement.

In simpler terms, they can do routine searches at border or other port of entry without suspicion, under long-settled doctrine. They can run checkpoints inside the 100-mile limit under restricted guidelines much like DUI checkpoints, but cannot do even a routine search without reasonable suspicion. (Somewhat like a DUI checkpoint they can discover reasonable suspicion during the stop, though what the equivalent of booze breath is for that, I don't know). They can do more intensive non-routine searches (like taking your car apart or doing a deep exam of your hard drive) only with reasonable suspicion, whether at the border or at a checkpoint. What DHS wants is the authority to do non-routine searches at the border without any reasonable suspicion, and routine searches in the extended border search areas without reasonable suspicion.

Edited at 2013-03-22 07:22 pm (UTC)
mckitterick
Mar. 23rd, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
In theory, this is great, but tell that to the people who are getting stopped, searched, and detained right now. Check out the ACLU's current search and seizure cases.
silk_noir
Mar. 23rd, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
May I share this?
mckitterick
Mar. 23rd, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
Please do - the more people who see these things, the more who will sign the petition and do the other things this nation needs!
matrixmann
Mar. 26th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
For this thing goes the same as for when certain countries start wars: All media have very few sources where they receive their news from - and those few sources hand out the information that they want. Which usually makes them appear in bright light.
So then you won't hear anything about bad fights taking place at the front.

...Let me make an educated guess what's going to happen the next time a Republican is elected for president.
mckitterick
Mar. 26th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
I fear you're right!
hippie_mamabear
Mar. 31st, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Many Americans are complacent, because the government isn't sending soldiers into our neighborhoods to take our rights by gunpoint. What they don't realize is that that's never going to happen, precisely because they have already been slowly bled away at the end of someone's pen.
mckitterick
Apr. 1st, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Excellent point.
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