Following up on That PATRIO...

Following up on That PATRIOT Act Arrest: Chris "Lonewacko" Kelly was skeptical about that much-emailed New York restaurant story, so he called up the author, and now he's not as skeptical. Distributed fact-checking!

Posted by at May 6, 2003 04:37 PM
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The link to Chris's story itself is here.

Posted by: Thomas Nephew at May 7, 2003 07:50 AM

Thanks, Thomas! I just kept getting a blank page there, so I went for the easy option.

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 7, 2003 11:18 AM

Distributed link-checking! (glad to do it)

Posted by: Thomas Nephew at May 7, 2003 11:57 AM

Perhaps this raid was a joint (primarily) INS raid. It could be some sort of joint Homeland Security department raid.

On the issue of the 4th ammendment, the LAT piece's may be taking a bit of simplistic approach. Sure, we all have 4th ammendement rights.

But the INS also has the ability to do immigration and other border-control related raids. AND THE INS HAS SPECIAL POWERS WITHIN 100 MILES OF A PORT OF ENTRY.

The burden of proof for the INS (perhaps other agencies if working in conjunction or perhaps this is why the INS could have been the lead agency in the raid) is much lower within 100 miles of a port of entry into the US.

This is not to mean in any way that I'm convinced everything about the raid was above board, just to say that I'm skeptical of everything anyone writes (accept Matt Welch).

Posted by: Joel at May 8, 2003 07:30 AM
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