The Dept. of Homeland Security has claimed that you or your possessions have no rights under the constitution until you clear customs and this has been backed up by the Obama Administration. This means that any of your possessions can be held in limbo and searched without warrants when re-entering the United States. Under a "supervisors" authority, of course, because they are trained so well to identify threats. They are able to seize them without warrant for ANY crime. Yeah, parking tickets.
Stay with me on this because I do want to connect the dots.
Where do we draw the line on child pornography? How many of you have those embarrassing pictures of you on a woolly rug, bare-ass naked? Now think about old Aunt Clara showing those pictures to your classmates. Should she be locked up? Should the DHS rush to find the photographer and jail them?
Consider the case of Andrew Hanson who returned from vacation to South Korea in January of 2009.
When his laptop, memory cards, camera, CDs, and DVDs were searched, they found [a picture of] an adolescent girl covered with mud, standing on a beach, and not wearing any clothes. He was charged with transportation and possession of child pornography in September 2009. He has pleaded not guilty.
Customs agents also searched Hanson's laptop three times in February 2009, with the first search taking place about a week after he entered the country and turning up no evidence of child pornography. The second and third searches allegedly did.
I am certainly not taking sides here. We don't know what the last two searches came up with. More little girls playing on the beach or something horrific?
What I am asking you to think about is where do we draw lines?
I have taken pictures of my grand daughters in the sink having a bath. I'm sure I have copies at least on DVD if not on my drive. If the DHS bust in my door right now and took my computer, am I going to prison to be b*****cked for the rest of my life?
What gives some Homeland Security Agent (i.e. rent-a-cop) the authority to decide if the picture is pornographic? She might have just been a perv that really got off on seeing little naked girls. It's not like we made these people take a test. One day they were guarding cross-walks at an airport, the next they are laughing at your privates on an x-ray machine.
And lastly, how far can the DHS take this immunity to the Constitution thing?
I won't go into whether they have the authority to enforce child pornography laws or not because I think we all have the right to do that, with a gun, if need be.