If you are not answering strongly in the negative, then you need to re-read the Constitution.

The story is here.

A naturalized US citizen and his US-born son have been denied entry to the US because they refuse to talk to the FBI and undergo a polygraph test. They are coming from Pakistan and are the uncle and cousin of a man convicted of supporting terrorist activities.

I don’t care what their connections are or what their link to terrorism is. If they are US citizens and have not been convicted of a crime by a jury, then they are having their rights infringed. The relative parts of the Constitution (at least as I see it) are:

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

And of course:

Amendment XIV

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

“But what about our safety?” you ask.

The FBI can do whatever surveillance they think necessary after they obtain the appropriate warrants. In the mean time, they have to have more than they do now.

Don’t ever forget the words of B. Franklin:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

And I didn’t even get to the ‘no bill of attainder’ part.

I swear I’m going to have to start avoiding the news soon. My blood just boils …

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