California Mayor Forced to Hand Over Electronics and Passwords at Airport, Compares U.S. To Nazi Germany

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of LibertyBlitzkrieg

California Mayor Forced to Hand Over Electronics and Passwords at Airport – Compares U.S. to Nazi Germany

“I think the American people should be extremely concerned about their personal rights and privacy. As I was being searched at the airport, there was a Latino couple to my left, and an Asian couple to my right also being aggressively searched. I briefly had to remind myself that this was not North Korea or Nazi Germany. This is the land of the Free.

  – Anthony Silva, Mayor of Stockton, California

Just in case you’re still under the infantile illusion that you reside in a free country.

From ArsTechnica:

Stockton, California Mayor Anthony R. Silva attended a recent mayor’s conference in China, but his return trip took a bit longer than usual. At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week, agents with the Department of Homeland Security detained Silva and confiscated his personal cell phone among other electronics. According to comments from the mayor, that may not even be the most alarming part.


“Unfortunately, they were not willing or able to produce a search warrant or any court documents suggesting they had a legal right to take my property,” Silva told SFGate. “In addition, they were persistent about requiring my passwords for all devices.”


The mayor’s attorney, Mark Reichel, told SFGate that Silva was not allowed to leave the airport without forfeiting his passwords. Reichel was not present for Silva’s interaction with the DHS agents, either. The mayor was told he had “no right for a lawyer to be present” and that being a US citizen did not “entitle me to rights that I probably thought,” according to the paper.


Evidently, Silva was well aware of the situation and only had his concerns heightened by first-hand experience. Talking to SFGate, he briefly compared the government battle on privacy to notorious dictatorships worldwide.


“I think the American people should be extremely concerned about their personal rights and privacy,” Silva told the paper. “As I was being searched at the airport, there was a Latino couple to my left, and an Asian couple to my right also being aggressively searched. I briefly had to remind myself that this was not North Korea or Nazi Germany. This is the land of the Free.”

This is not what freedom looks like.

Of course, I’ve written a lot on the dangers of the Department of Homeland Security over the years. Fears which are coming home to roost in spades. See:

The “War on Terror” Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns of Right Wing Terror Threat

“War on Terror” Targets Underwear – Department of Homeland Security Raids Maker of Unlicensed World Series Panties

Former DHS Chief Privacy Officer Was Regularly Called a “Terrorist” by the Intelligence Community

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JustObserving's picture

Passwords for all devices? Must be North Korea. Or the land of the free.

Privacy is treason in a fascist, police state

Tonald J Drump's picture

Land of the fee and home of the slave

Four chan's picture

thank the muslims every time you fly.

jazz571027's picture

Really? You're too funny pal... Good one...

The Juggernaut's picture

Let tyranny force the hand of Revolution.

quintago's picture

Well, looks like I'm going to have to change my passwords to FU_and_the_TSA before I go through customs just in case they ask me for my password

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) quintago Oct 6, 2015 3:13 PM

"... there was a Latino couple to my left, and an Asian couple to my right..."


"Hey you got fins (Latino couple) to the left, fins (Asian couple) to the right, You're the only girl in town." - Jimmy Buffett - Fins

pods's picture

Ned Beatty thought he was just going for a canoe trip too.

Tough shit Sherlock, now squeal like a pig.

Arnold's picture

Still did not find the Opium, did they?

Dr. Richard Head's picture

The TSA Spangled Manner -

Oh say can you see TSA touching me...

TerminalDebt's picture

my password is always TSAAreFatChicksWithSmallDicks

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Or you could make your password: "I Bet On The Superbowl in 1989". 

That way if they try and force you to reveal it you can say you have the right under the Fifth Amendment not to incriminate yourself.

(I know, I know, Constitution LOL)

Paveway IV's picture

"...I briefly had to remind myself that this was not North Korea or Nazi Germany. This is the land of the Free..."

You poor, pathetic, deluded fucking CHUMP. Who told you that - CNN? Fox? NYT?


Dear Anthony Silva:

Knuckle-dragging fools like YOU are the problem. Wake the fuck up!

Hugs and kisses,


GeezerGeek's picture

Saying he thought this is the land of the free shows he is a typical progressive dumbass. Which, of course, makes him a prototypical elected official.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

Stocton, CA ?

How many times has that shithole gone broke in the last 20 years?

Does flying their fucking Mayor to China to get drunk at a 'convention' instead of using Skype have anything to do with it?

NidStyles's picture

Mayors have no rights outside of their their title.

DOT's picture

Check out the special rights given to the mayor of DC.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Next time I go to the airport Im going to change all my passwords to "FuCk YoU PiGs" and answer them honestly if they ask for my passwords.

Of course this is the land of the free and I have all the licenses and permits to prove it.

Handful of Dust's picture

This doesn't happen to be one of those Cali mayors who pays himself $850,000 a year?

Jack Napier's picture

If you step foot into a major airport you have no rights, so why would anyone with a functioning brain ever go there?

NidStyles's picture

If this were NAZI Germany, there wouldn't be fucking Jews in positions of power all over the nation... 

Motasaurus's picture

Sarcasm? Right? This is sarcasm yeah?

I find it hard to believe that Nid is so unaware of the truth of the Nazi regime. 

Richard Chesler's picture

Land of the freeee...

to suck jew bankster cock.


Trogdor's picture

Next time I go to the airport Im going to change all my passwords to "FuCk YoU PiGs" and answer them honestly if they ask for my passwords.


Actually, that could be kind of fun.  Change each device to the phrase you'd like to say "SuckMyDickYouTraitorousFag", "FuckOffAndDieYouPuerileToadieDouchebag", "IHopeEveryoneYouLoveDiesAHorribleSlowDeathRightInFrontOfYourEyes", and "YouReallyShouldBeStuffedInADrumInTheDesertYouCommunistButtLicker"  in those cases, I'd be happy to tell them my passwords .... :)

All Risk No Reward's picture

He's a little slow on the uptake, isn't he?

Maybe it is his narcissists R US syndrome that thinks it isn't a problem a until **SHOCK** what has happened to everyone else for years is now happening to him.

This schmuck thought he was part of "The Club."

The minion quislings always do.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Maybe he was in on it and it is all for show and conditioning.

monkeyboy's picture

"Mayors have no rights outside of their their title."


Exactly. Anyone seen Mayor McCheese of late?

juangrande's picture

From 1968 until 8 yrs ago, it was the conservative white scared as shit assholes who complied with laying the groundwork for this police state! Before that there was McCarthy. Familiarize yourself with actual history before you comment. BTW, there is nothing progressve about the Obama admin. Just a bunch of lipsmack with the other fascists across the aisle.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Badmouth McCarthy.

Badmouth Assad.

Badmouth Gadaffi.

Badmouth Koresh.

Is there any government propaganda that you've not embraced?

No, McCarthy wasn't perfect. He thought the threat was external.

juangrande's picture

No, Himmler wasn't perfect. He thought the threat was external. I've lived on the edge of the law most of my life. I know who was doing what! But go ahead and cling to your idealism.

jeff montanye's picture

this police state has its roots farther back than you imply.  let me pick on the democrats who helped as well (though their being "progressive" is an iffy business).

woodrow wilson, first dem elected since grover cleveland, Espionage Act of 1917 from which the human turd obama claims to draw many powers to hurt u.s. citizens.

fdr, generally thought the savior of the working man and who did accomplish some good things imo, forced citivzens to turn in their gold and, worse by far, put japanese citizens in concentration camps. didn't burn them up though so that's something.

harry truman, against the strong advice of his secretary of state george marshall, encourageed the formation of the state of israel, the gift that keeps on giving (see dancing israelis and 9-11).

lyndon johnson, passed the civil rights acts but also helped kill jfk and totally sided with israel in the six day war, destroying any even handed mideast policy inherited from ike and jfk. probably helped kill rfk and blame it on palestinians.

jimmy carter, this is probably unintentional but still: helped menachem begin neutralize the threat of egypt and, foolishly, bought the promises of begin for palestinian justice when all he and most israelis ever wanted was to divide their enemies for the good of greater israel.

clinton, helped banksters dismantle some of the good fdr banking laws and accomplished nothing with mideast peace (was getting bj when talking to arafat on phone).

so it really is more of a mixed bag than you think.

duo's picture

What isn't mentioned in the article is how the Mayor's name came up for special treatment at immigration, or did he say or do something to bring this on, like mouth off aboout constitutional rights (which don't exist at airports anymore, I believe)?

Socratic Dog's picture

Good point, we should always blame the victime for the crime.  Should be a built-in reflex, in the land of the free.

FreedomGuy's picture

A. He was doing something he should not have been which caused "authorities" to be suspicious. He deserved it.

B. If you are honest and not a terrorist you have nothing to worry about. I look forward to cameras in my home one day, myself.

C. They are from the government and they are here to help us. God bless the TSA.

D. If the government just had the necessary power, numbers of police and fully funded agencies, 9-11 would have never happened. In fact, nothing bad in life will happen with enough agencies, police and funding. Please tax me more.

I love these guys.

Son of Loki's picture

He should have told them don't come near him since he has friends in "high places," including top SS officals like Senator Nancy Botox.

August's picture

Just to keep things straight, Hizzoner was dealing with the Customs / border control wing(s) of Homeland Security, not with the fucking TSA. 

It's long been established that no one except a diplomat has a "right" to bring stuff across the US border, and have it be exempt from search.

jeff montanye's picture

but what is being searched for? the contents of his electronics? really? with no probable cause? this doesn't strike you as overreach? even poor use of employee time?

i mean these ding dongs work for the guys that did 9-11.  don't ever forget that.  this is inside job work.  rule of man not rule of law.

and what good does it do even the diplomat if the shits claim the right to bomb any country anytime anywhere and change its government because its not sufficiently "free" or "democratic".  really just "because obama".  and "because bush, cheney, rumsfeld, cia, mossad, etc." before.

to put things in perspective:


HardAssets's picture

Mayor Tony was probably one of those annoying kids in student council when in jr high and high school. And I wonder if he cheered when 'we' waged war after 9/11. - - Well, wake the fuk up buddy boy. Whether you consider yourself D or R or whatever. This Nazi police state is the result of having millions of clueless dolts in the USA.

daveO's picture

Oh he's a D, alright. The article(s) I've read don't state it. That's how you know, just like when the 'teens' riot. I stopped flying the week they announced 'enhanced patdowns'(Jan, 2009), illegal search by another name. They had already illegally searched a relative before that. 

Paveway IV's picture

Hey, look on the bright side - almot half the DHS Stazi hate their shitty 'control the little people' jobs. 

No One’s Morale Is Dropping Faster Than Homeland Security

DHS employees have expressed among the lowest levels of morale at any federal department or agency for many years running. Secretary Jeh Johnson found some bright elements in the otherwise dark news, noting improvement at the Transportation Security Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but was not pleased overall.

Jeh Johnson - Israel's little house-boy in the Stazi. Favorite phrase to citizens: "Fuck the U.S. constitution - I run the Stazi now, bitch! You answer to ME (uh... and Uncle Bibi)."

“To be sure, I am disappointed that our efforts to improve employee satisfaction at DHS were not reflected departmentwide in this year’s results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey,” Johnson said. “I am disappointed but not discouraged. We will not give up. We know that improving employee satisfaction across a 22-component, 240,000-person department takes time.”

Holy mother of God... the U.S. Ministry of the Interior has a quarter MILLION employees? Heinrich Himmler would pee his pants if he was still alive. That's not a state police force, it's a fucking ARMY.

“The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are our greatest asset, and I and the other senior leaders of DHS are committed to improving employee satisfaction,” Johnson said. “We will continue our efforts to make DHS a place where all employees feel valued and where their hard work is recognized and rewarded.”

In other words, the beatings will continue until Stazi morale improves, 'cause everyone loves to be in the Stazi. Whistleblowers will continue to be summarily executed, er... disappeared. And any Stazi employees caught reading Zero Hedge will be terminated (beastiality downloads are permitted, but limited to 2GB per week).

Hey, Jeh: You can't reproduce the SS without having cool uniforms like the real SS did. IDF black tactical just makes your employees look like... well, IDF troops.

whstlblwr's picture

Sounds like we might be at war with China

Tyrone Shoelaces's picture

I'm not at war with China.  

I like my China, I eat off of it every day!

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GeezerGeek's picture

I'm not at war with China either. My wife is Chinese, and I eat...uh, Chinese food...frequently. Never takes long before I want more.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Everyone gets hungry again an hour after eating chinese food, thanks captain obvious.

Christophe2's picture

Jeez bro.  He wasn't even talkin' about food, if you only paid attention to his freaking JOKE!

His wife is a hot Chinese gal and thus he eats chinese most nights...  Lucky guy!  (maybe)


Bunghole's picture

Truxton must have never eaten at the Y.


ebear's picture

It loses something when you have to explain it.