DHS Granted Right To Seize Any Electronic Devices Within 100 Miles Of A U.S. Border

As decreed by the Orwellianly-named DHS office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Wired reports:

The Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights watchdog of  has concluded that travelers along the nation’s borders may have their electronics seized and the contents of those devices examined for any reason whatsoever — all in the name of national security.

“We conclude that imposing a requirement that officers have reasonable suspicion in order to conduct a border search of an electronic device would be operationally harmful,” the two-page memo said.

The President George W. Bush administration first announced the suspicionless, electronics search rules in 2008. The Obama administration followed up with virtually the same rules a year later.

According to legal precedent, the Fourth Amendment — freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures — does not apply along the border. The government contends the Fourth-Amendment-Free Zone stretches 100 miles inland from the nation’s actual border.

11 Comments on "DHS Granted Right To Seize Any Electronic Devices Within 100 Miles Of A U.S. Border"

  1. If the 4th Amendment doesn’t apply at the border, can the government use “lethal force” to take these devices? I mean, will they kill people to get what they want? 🙁

  2. this is so fucked. not only for america, but for the world

  3. this is so fucked. not only for america, but for the world

  4. InfvoCuernos | Feb 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm |

    So no 4th amendment in San Diego, El Paso, or any other border city? When will this overreaching stop? I’m so disgusted by all of this. Isn’t anyone up in DC on the side of the people? Fuck this shit, and fuck taking your shoes off in the airport, and fuck this goddamn government. I will gladly trade the pretend security they say they are providing for a little bit of that old time freedom.
    “We conclude that imposing a requirement that officers have reasonable
    suspicion in order to conduct a border search of an electronic device
    would be operationally harmful,”<==That's due process, asshole! Operationally harmful but RIGHT!

  5. InfvoCuernos | Feb 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm |

    So no 4th amendment in San Diego, El Paso, or any other border city? When will this overreaching stop? I’m so disgusted by all of this. Isn’t anyone up in DC on the side of the people? Fuck this shit, and fuck taking your shoes off in the airport, and fuck this goddamn government. I will gladly trade the pretend security they say they are providing for a little bit of that old time freedom.
    “We conclude that imposing a requirement that officers have reasonable
    suspicion in order to conduct a border search of an electronic device
    would be operationally harmful,”<==That's due process, asshole! Operationally harmful but RIGHT!

  6. BuzzCoastin | Feb 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm |

    nothing changed
    the Bill of Rights went bye-bye long ago
    now they’re just testing the sheeple for blow-back

  7. Hadrian999 | Feb 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm |

    it would be fun to carry around a device who’s sole purpose is to contain a evil evil virus waiting to be read by a federal system

  8. I’m so sick of ‘Merickah…

  9. My goodness if this (rule/ordinance?) were to be enforced on any island in the state of Hawaii, all cell phones would be confiscated. DHS or DOJ, we have a police state rising!

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