Today I read a ruling by a Reagan appointee Federal Judge Edward R. Korman (pictured above). Judge Korman ruled, “that the government does not need reasonable suspicion to examine or confiscate a traveler’s laptop, cellphone or other device at the border.” He stated that its legal for law enforcement to peruse through laptop computers, cell phones, text messages, and other means of communication within 100 miles of the United States border and without a warrant and with no probable cause.
This means if you are walking down the street in San Diego, according to Korman’s ruling, a police officer can take your phone and look through it. If you are at Starbucks relaxing at a border town in Arizona working on your lap top emailing your girl friend, a police officer can confiscate your computer with no probable cause and can look through your hard drive without a warrant. He can also confiscate your private property and hold it indefinitely.
Today I called Judge Korman’s chambers in the East side of New York phone number and spoke to his personal secretary. His secretary said he was told not to comment on the ruling and he said its public record. I stated “You do understand this is a direct violation of the 4th Amendment and NOBODY looks through my stuff on my computer or phone without a warrant”, well excluding the NSA, those spies who read and save everything I send out anyway.
I then said that the Judge lives within 100 miles of the Hudson River which is a entry point into the United States and he falls into the “No warrant clause” Hey its his ruling. I said I will fly up there as a retired military official and I would like to take a look at his cell phone text records and peruse through his emails. No warrant required and as a private citizen maybe I feel like pressing a citizens arrest on the judge for treason against the Constitution.
The secretary said I cannot do that and the request is denied. Oh so very proper and the guy was so wanting me to hang up the phone. He then said I have no authority to do that.
Hah! I said and the same rule applies to me and the other 197 million people that live within his self appointed 100 mile border searches. He can’t do this. Its illegal!
Tomorrow I will call the local FBI office in New York and ask them to mosey on over to his office and ask to look at his emails, phone records and text messages as per his own ruling. Lets see what happens. I have had just about enough of these un-Constitutional rulings from the bench and not from the rights given to me by God. The 4th Amendment is non negotiable.
Oh, by the way, it was Judge Korman who ruled that age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill are “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” and must end. The ruling means consumers of any age (like underage children) could buy emergency contraception without a prescription — instead of a girl first having to prove she is 17 or older, as they do today.