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PostSubject: DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border   Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:19 pm

Here we go again with the increasing pressure against the Constitution by the DHS. They now think they hold the right to search and sieze your property unconstitutionally if you are within 100 miles of an international border. This effects many Americans even if you are not a normal border crosser. This effects me in my home due to the fact that I am less than 100 miles from the Canada border. This is how it's going to happen people. Little by little they are ripping the control out of our hands and will continue to do so at a pace that keeps the general public at bay. Their not just gonna swoop in and take over in one massive movement. They will continue to erode the Constitution until their is nothing left of the original document that was written for us so long ago. Here is a map of who will be affected by these rules. If you live in a highlighted area the DHS has determined that your Constitutional 4th Amendment rights are null and void.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights watchdog 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.

The DHS, which secures the nation’s border, in 2009 announced that it would conduct a “Civil Liberties Impact Assessment” of its suspicionless search-and-seizure policy pertaining to electronic devices “within 120 days.” More than three years later, the DHS office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties published a two-page executive summary of its findings.

“We also 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 without concomitant civil rights/civil liberties benefits,” the executive summary said.

The memo highlights the friction between today’s reality that electronic devices have become virtual extensions of ourselves housing everything from e-mail to instant-message chats to photos and our papers and effects — juxtaposed against the government’s stated quest for national security.

The President George W. Bush administration first announced the suspicionless, electronics search rules in 2008. The President Barack Obama administration followed up with virtually the same rules a year later. Between 2008 and 2010, 6,500 persons had their electronic devices searched along the U.S. border, according to DHS data.

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

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