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H.R. 6702, The Securing Our Borders and Our Data Act of 2008 (4 comments ↓ | 5 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 6702 would impose requirements with regard to border searches of digital electronic devices and digital storage media.

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Mic Helms

August 5, 2008, 6:07pm (report abuse)

Forgive me for being ignorant: If we are a "Nation of Laws, Not Men", and the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, then how is it even remotely logical (or supportable) that a law can exist that reaches beyond the authority of the Constitution?

Wouldn't such a "law" be innately void?

Why do we continue to give any credence to empirically created laws as though they have any existence what so ever?

I think we have a severe problem when the "solution" to the passing of a law that exceeds the limits of the Constitution is to pass another law that attempts to confine the law to within the bounds of the Supreme Law.

How can we mark "Void" all those laws that are indeed void due to their exceeding the powers granted by the Constitution?

We need to begin that marking today.

Brasten Sager

August 5, 2008, 8:29pm (report abuse)

Technically, the President's job is to veto over-reaching legislation. Good luck with that, though.

Cindy

August 6, 2008, 12:53am (report abuse)

I don't understand the % that WANT this!!! Are they zombies that don't know how to think for themselves or function. Personally, I have NOTHING to hide but I sure has heck don't think the 4th Amendment can/should be thrown out with the bath water.

I agree with Mic Helms, the law would be innately void but at this point in history, do you know of a beauracrat that is willing to take on the responsibility?

Unfortunately, there is the old addage about the 'squeaky wheel gettin the grease'. It seems as if we are going to have to unite and squeek and squak louder than any politician thought possible.

Phil

August 6, 2008, 10:14am (report abuse)

DHS thinks they can conduct suspicionless border searches of your laptop (and other digital devices). This proposal would require that border agents have 'reasonable suspicion' prior to conducting such searches. How is that 'throwing out' the 4th Am.? It provides GREATER privacy than we have now!

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