The federal government can invade every aspect of my life as long as they keep me safe from those drug-running Mexicans.
WaPo reported Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security is building a database that tracks every every American citizen's border crossings and catalogs the data for as long as 15 years, with little to no privacy measures in place to prevent abuse.
The federal government has been using its system of border checkpoints to greatly expand a database on travelers entering the country by collecting information on all U.S. citizens crossing by land, compiling data that will be stored for 15 years and may be used in criminal and intelligence investigations.
When Wolf Blitzer asks CNN's Resident Xenophobe, Lou Dobbs, for his opinion, the pseudo-intellectual said this story is troublesome not because of the invasion of privacy issues it raises, but rater because those damn illegals are still sneaking into the country with their horrific (i.e. non-existent) diseases and contraband.
"The State Department has been tracking what's happening with our passports for years and years and years. There seems to be some dust-up here. The real story to me is that all of this concern about tracking citizens going about their lawful activities entering and exiting this country, while they have done nothing at the DHS to shut down the flow of illegals aliens across our borders, potential terrorists, and still Mexico, for example, is the primary source for methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and marijuana into this country... and it's not being stopped!!!"
Is there no issue out there that this hack won't exploit in order to bash illegal immigrants?
The State Department certainly hasn't been tracking border crossings "for years and years and years," and keeping that information in a central computer for 15 years with no oversight provisions.
The fact that we're becoming a bona fide surveillance state doesn't bother Lou Dobbs. All he cares about is twisting a story in order to rail against his favorite target. He's always sure to slip in his talking points, too, even if they're bogus.