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DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border

Posted on February 9th, 2013 at 9:50 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?, Security -- Write a comment


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.


“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.

Oh, and “the border” extends 100 miles inland.


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