[via I Was The State; 09/22/2007]
Does privacy matter? Not to the Bush Administration.
Under the guise of "fighting terrorism" the government has begun compiling reports on all travelers. The data includes whom the persons travel with or plan to stay with; the personal items they carry during their journeys; and even the books that travelers have carried, according to the documents.
… and see this comment in the article:
Mr. Knocke said, "if there is some indication based upon the behavior or an item in the traveler's possession that leads the inspection officer to conclude there could be a possible violation of the law, it is the front-line officer's duty to further scrutinize the traveler." He said that he is not familiar with the file that mentions Mr. Gilmore's book about drug rights, but that generally "front-line officers have a duty to enforce all laws within our authority, for example, the counter-narcotics mission." Nice back peddling, jackass.
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See also (books):
- Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything; Edited by Gene Healy
- A Charge to Keep (Hardcover); by George W. Bush (Author), Karen Hughes (Author)