Stone Temple Pilots - MC5 by Stankmango in RockyAcid

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Underrated band

To all, why did you first decide to start using Saidit? by [deleted] in AskSaidIt

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What do you find so restrictive about Voat? Is it the user's attitudes? There isn't much restrictive about the site itself since it is censorship free.

Boeing’s 737 MAX software outsourced to $12.80-an-hour engineers, now fleets of airplanes can't fly by magnora7 in WorldNews

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There is a saying in Spanish that roughly translates to "the cheap comes out expensive".

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy by Optimus85 in conspiracy

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Thing is, anyone can be a smuggler/drug mule, a covert agent of a cartel or a wack-job who converts to a member of Isis. Once you lie or don't disclose relevant information to customs officials you are in for a bad time. I have had my share of run-ins with overzealous customs agents and it isn't fun. They can keep you detained for hours, go through anything you bring into the country, do body-cavity searches and go over any public or government information they have on you. There should be more laws in place to protect people's rights and private papers but if you know this an issue you can just keep information you want private, yet accessible, in the cloud and don't take anything you don't feel comfortable government agents reviewing on your person when traveling outside of the country. This guy got off lightly compared to what they can do legally. Most customs agents are just doing their job but some get off on the power trip. There should be recourse for those who abuse their power but given the circumstances of this particular example I think customs was not that far out of line given the journalist's behavior.

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy by Optimus85 in conspiracy

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I am very much against governments abuse of power however, nothing I read in that journalist's account was on the level of severe abuse. He was disrespectful and uncooperative to the customs agents and he even tried to escape several times while being detained:

"I wasn’t allowed to leave the Homeland Security zone, either. I know because I tried to sort of wander out a couple of times and got yelled at."

You give up rights when crossing international borders. I believe there should be more rights for people who cross borders but the journalist was detained for several hours since he had pictures of war zones on his phone and he was doing stories on Mexican cartels which he didn't disclose until they discovered it in his files later in the interview which coupled with his bad attitude made him very suspicious to customs agents. He created most of these problems for himself. Keep in mind, this is his version of the events and just what he admits to. He was not jailed, he was not hit, he didn't have guns pointed at him, he had nothing stolen or confiscated. All in all, really not that big a deal.

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy by Optimus85 in conspiracy

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That's a nice strawman argument you have there, I don't advocate abuse by customs officials but I also understand reality. You appear to have a rather child like understanding of the world. When people cross international borders customs officials are allowed to detain, search and question people to determine if they are carrying contraband items or are a threat and it has been that way for a long long time. You lose your rights at international border crossings and it isn't just the US. As a dual citizen of Canada and the US I have had my share of run-ins with power tripping customs agents on both the US and Canadian borders. You learn very quickly it is "yes sir, no sir", you don't joke and you are asking for trouble if you give any lip when dealing with customs officials as they have far reaching powers. Do I approve of such treatment? Of course not but none of this is new and it is the reality of crossing borders and believe me, it can and does get much worse in other parts of the world. I have had guns pointed at me and many items stolen right in front of me by customs agents entering several countries in Latin America and if you make a fuss about it they put you in jail. In the real world, when dealing with customs, you learn to keep your mouth shut except to answer questions. You really should get out and experience life more and understand the world isn't a soft and cuddly place where your feelings are more important than laws. I am all for humane and respectful treatment of people when crossing borders but questioning people and searching items brought across international borders does not contradict that. Given your naivety, I would hazard a guess and assume you are pro open borders, not understanding the reality such a policy would have on the country.

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy by Optimus85 in conspiracy

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You clearly haven't been paying much attention since US customs have been like this for a long time. I've heard many similar horror stories of customs agent's abuse of power under Clinton both Bush's and Obama. The journalist was being lippy and uncooperative and that is a sure fire bet to get into deep shit with customs agents and he clearly (like most journalists) had an anti-Trump bias which oozed repeatedly out of his writing.

This comment alone tells you what sort of man-child this 'journalist' is:

"But then a third officer, whose name was Villarreal, carefully read every page of my 2019 journal, including copious notes to self on work, relationships, friends, family, and all sorts of private reflections I had happened to write down. I told him, “Sir, I know there’s nothing I can do to stop you, but I want to tell you, as one human being to another, that you’re invading my privacy right now, and I don’t appreciate it.”

Not to mention:

"I wasn’t allowed to leave the Homeland Security zone, either. I know because I tried to sort of wander out a couple of times and got yelled at."

What an ass, he is lucky he didn't end up in jail for his behavior.

And:

I told him I at least had the right to know what files he was reviewing. “All of them,” he said, giving me a hard stare. “I’m going to look at all of them.”

“Please don’t look at the one called ‘Secret ISIS Confession,’” I said.

That attitude right there is why it kept getting worse for him.

What do you miss about the internet circa 2009? by compultantuser in AskSaidIt

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Funny, I would say censorship of Leftwing shills and troll bots are far more rampant.