The Coast Guard does not board with other than side arms, unless there is specific intelligence as to a certain area or vessel or a heightened sense of security.
Right. "A heightened sense of security", meaning the War on Terror that even el Presidente has said won't be over for decades.
From the article:
"The second boat owner who spoke to The Herald said his boat was searched after he challenged officers who were searching other boats, at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and during the morning on following days. Told they were acting as Homeland Security officers, he asked what they were protecting the harbor from.
"Terrorists," he said he was told by the officers, who exhorted him to "remember the Cole," referring to the October 2000 attack by terrorists on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors."
Yup, the Yemeni bombers were in this guy's bilge tank!