The Department of Homeland Security will soon be using a laser at airports that can detect everything about you from over 160-feet away.
Gizmodo reports a scanner that could read people at the molecular level has been invented. This laser-based scanner – which can be used 164-feet away — could read everything from a person’s adrenaline levels, to traces of gun powder on a person’s clothes, to illegal substances — and it can all be done without a physical search. It also could be used on multiple people at a time, eliminating random searches at airports.
The laser-based scanner is expected to be used in airports as soon as 2013, Gizmodo reports.
via CBS DC.
Really?! Is this what we’ve come to?
I wonder what the ACLU’s position is going to be on this. At the airport I kinda understand; you are giving your consent to be searched. That’s the bargain for what is supposed to be a safe flight.
But how long before Mayor Bloomberg decides that he wants to use this on people just walking down the street?
1984 here we come!!
Yesterday, a/k/a Thursday:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency charged with guarding the U.S. borders, has written a secret draft policy that would let its agents catch and release low-priority illegal immigrants rather than bring them in for processing and prosecution.
The policy, which has not been signed off on, would be the latest move by the Obama administration to set new priorities for the nation’s immigration services, and would bring CBP in line with other Homeland Security Department agencies that already use such “prosecutorial discretion.”
via Washington Times.
Today, a/k/a Friday:
For years the administration had said it didn’t have the authority to make such a move, saying it couldn’t decide to stop deporting wide categories of people on its own without approval from Congress.
But on Friday President Obama says administration now interprets the law to give it the discretion.
“Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people,” Mr. Obama said in an appearance in the White House Rose Garden. “Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.”
via Washington Times.
Looks to me like the Washington Times was doing some journalism — printing something that someone did not want printed — and may have forced the issue. Obama may have wanted to hold this under his hat for a few more days, weeks, or months. Although slipping in the polls (and needed the Latino vote) a Friday afternoon may not be the best time to announce this program. He’s going to get torn apart on the Sunday morning shows.
How do we know this is going to backfire? Because even the MSM can’t help but call it what it is; from the AP:
The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.
via Deseret News.
It’s simple pandering. Obama will let your families stay in the country as long as you get him reelected.
The biggest losers here are of course those who are those who happen to be poor, uneducated. It’s not a stretch to say that most Latino illegal immigrants are not college educated; but they are willing to work. The jobs they take come directly at the expense of American citizens who should get priority over someone who’s not even supposed to be here.
Further, the financial impact of hiring Latinos — who send massive amounts of money home — instead of American citizens — who would spend nearly all the money here in the U.S. — is staggering.
Lastly, we live in a country with three branches of government. One cannot overstep the other. This action today is most likely illegal and will end up being settled by the courts well after the election. Obama, a former constitutional law professor, knows this. But he doesn’t care.
This is all about his winning in November.
#3 Why does the Department of Homeland Security need Predator-B drones to patrol the border between the United States and Canada?
#4 Why is a militarized “Red Zone” being set up in Chicago three weeks prior to the upcoming NATO summit on May 20th and 21st?
#5 Why is the Milwaukee Red Cross being told to prepare for an evacuation of Chicago?
Some of these are quite serious (#’s 7, 12, 19.) Some are easily explained. Visit the link and decide for yourself.
Keep in mind as you as you review this list that:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
— Benjamin Franklin
A government big enough to give you everything you want
is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
– Gerald Ford, Joint Statement to Congress, August 12, 1974.