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To: aShepard

You claim is that Admiralty Law trumps the Constitution, eh? Where did you come by this belief?


144 posted on 09/22/2005 4:06:50 PM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Jack Black

Its not that any law trumps the Constitution, or that the CG operates in any way outside of it. It is merely that the Coast Guard has not just federal law enforcement power, but Customs power as well.

Customs officers do not need a warrant to search or inspect someone on the border. Nor should they. Coast Guard boarding parties, however, are specifically trained NOT to abuse this power and for the overwhelming number of cases this is true.

For somebody to get a visit from a boarding party at night in a harbor is a very unusual circumstance already. They've got plenty to keep them busy and they don't go around rousting sleepy boaters just for fun. Something else was going on for them to do that.


159 posted on 09/22/2005 4:18:17 PM PDT by Ramius (Blades for war fighters: http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net)
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To: Jack Black

....You claim is that Admiralty Law trumps the Constitution, eh? Where did you come by this belief?...


Go to any common lawyer, and try to sue a vessel. He won't be able to do it unless he's an Admiralty lawyer. Based on the international law of the seas, before the constitution was even a dream in the founders' minds.


260 posted on 09/22/2005 6:25:10 PM PDT by aShepard
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