Saturday, September 22, 2007

Citizen Rights Targeted

The White House is turning our "security" against us.

The Bush administration has turned a blind eye, even offered an enabling hand, to the literally millions of illegal.... undocumented.... aliens pouring across our borders and roaming freely about the country. Even encouraging unchecked cargoes, driven by unchecked drivers, to enter from Mexico and travel our roads.

Yet, we now learn, our Homeland Security is keeping track of someone .... U.S. citizens.... "Collecting of Details on Travelers Documented. U.S. Effort More Extensive Than Previously Known." (WaPo)

That's right, the Bush administration is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad.... retaining data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, even the books that travelers have carried.

And, these records are meant to be stored for as long as 15 years.

It's called "The Automated Targeting System." And U.S. citizens are in the bulls-eye.

This trashing of our First Amendment rights, and blatant violation of the Privacy Act of citizen travelers not involved in or linked to any violation of the law, is defended by Homeland Security officials. So, don't expect anything to change until after January 2009.

In the meantime, when you travel be careful what you read, or who you sit next to or visit.

Or, better yet, denounce your U.S. citizenship, go to Mexico and then illegally cross the border back into the States. Then your rights will be protected.

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