Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It seems so reasonable

posted by The Vidiot @ 7:39 AM Permalink

When presented by the New York Times
The authorities may lawfully conduct searches and electronic surveillance against United States citizens in foreign countries without a warrant, a federal appeals court panel said on Monday, bolstering the government’s power to investigate terrorism by ruling that a key constitutional protection afforded to Americans does not apply overseas.
Because the way the article frames it, it's to surveil those al Qaeda folks. I mean, that's ok, right? They'd never do that to a regular person. But....

What if you're a young student activist here in the US and you go to Germany or France for your junior year abroad. Everything you do while out of the country will be fair game. Every phone call, every email, your snail mail, your home, everything, could be subject to a warrantless search. Sure, it has to be reasonable, but honestly, in a pinch, who couldn't argue that something completely unreasonable is perfectly reasonable.

The more power they have, they less freedom you have. And boy, do they have have power.

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At 7:59 AM, Blogger JayV said...

Great post, thanks. Always good to read your wise comments!

At 11:24 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

Thanks! And thanks for reading and commenting!


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