got Constitution? got cold dead hands?

By ann summers


Protesters at a Donald Trump rally in Maine held up pocket copies of the Constitution, echoing a dramatic moment from the Democratic national convention. The Republican nominee briefly stopped his speech as protesters were escorted from the Merrill Auditorium in Portland.……

Protesters standing silently with copies of the Constitution held high booed by @realDonaldTrump supporters:



Roughly two-thirds of the United States’ population, about 200 million people, lives within the 100-mile zone that an outdated federal regulation defines as the border zone—that is, within 100 miles of a U.S. land or coastal border.

Although this zone is not literally “Constitution free”—constitutional protections do still apply—the Border Patrol frequently ignores those protections and runs roughshod over individuals’ civil liberties.

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2 Responses to got Constitution? got cold dead hands?

  1. Thousands of pilots, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) are still trying to get an answer from the CPB as to why they are detaining pilots and searching private aircraft as far inland as Iowa City.

    In 2013, Mr. Gabriel Silverstein, a real estate broker from New York, and his husband, were on a cross country flight in their small private aircraft. They filed an instrument (IFR) flight plan, and were on course and on time. They refueled in Oklahoma City, then made another fuel stop at Iowa City. When they got to the Iowa City Municipal Airport, their plane was surrounded by armed CPB agents and told their plane was going to be searched. Not asked. Told.

    Full Stop!

    The agents dog only “hit” on a can of motor oil and a bottle of deicing fluid. Most pilots carry extra oil and if cold weather, deicing fluid, so nothing to see there. The armed agents ripped panels out and generally made a mess of the airplane and the men’s luggage, which was strewn on the ground. When something like that is done to an airplane, it has to be inspected, repaired, and signed off by a certified aircraft inspector. That is not cheap.

    Despite repeated and persistent demand for answers via FOIA, the CPB has stonewalled.

    Lessee now. Two gay orthodox Jews, one a real estate investment banker, are such a threat to national security that it brought out a strike team from the Department of Homeland Security and the CPB? In Iowa no less.

    One more thing. This is the big dangerous airplane they were flying.

  2. ann summers says:

    looking for contraband in the land of rural drug labz?

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