by Andrew West, Freedom OutPost:
The weight of the surveillance state is soon to suffocate the American ideals of liberty and justice for all, and We The People are standing idly by and allowing these trespasses against us.
The Constitution of our nation is very clear: We are to be protected from unlawful search and seizure at all times. Through adjudication, we have taken this to mean that, in essence, we cannot be litigated against, arrests, or detained unless we are caught in an illegal act, or are currently under enough suspicion of an illegal act to warrant an actual warrant. Authorities are not allowed to simply stop you on the street and check to see if you’re wanted for a crime, nor can they pull you over because they feel like searching your vehicle.
This also means that we are not to be unduly spied upon either, despite what a number of law enforcement agencies seem to believe.
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to test the limits of our right to privacy, however, and Americans are none too pleased about it.
The Trump administration intends to propose a regulation next year that would require all travelers – including U.S. citizens – to be photographed when entering or leaving the United States, according to the administration’s regulatory agenda.
The proposed regulation, slated to be issued in July by the Homeland Security Department, would be part of a broader system to track travelers as they enter and exit the United States.
The plan has already drawn opposition from some privacy advocates. Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, blasted the idea in a written statement on Monday.
“Travelers, including U.S. citizens, should not have to submit to invasive biometric scans simply as a condition of exercising their constitutional right to travel,” he said.
A trip through the airport is already invasive enough thanks to the TSA, who not only require that you remove your shoes and submit to small doses of radiation in order to be x-rayed, but who also reserve the right to grope you and your children at a moment’s notice.