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No suspicion necessary: DHS can still seize belongings without reason

Published: 09 February, 2013, 02:16

The Fourth Amendment no longer means what you once thought it did: A new report reveals that the government has shrugged off concerns over the alleged constitutional infringements of its own citizens near international crossings.

An internal review of the US Department of Homeland Security’s procedures regarding the suspicionless search-and-seizure of phones and laptops near the nation’s border has reaffirmed the agency’s ability to bypass Fourth Amendment-protected rights [.pdf].

In a two page executive summary published quietly last month to the official DHS website, the agency explains that a civil rights and civil liberties impact assessment of the office’s little-known power to collect personal electronics near international crossings has passed an auditor’s interpretation of what does and doesn’t violate the US Constitution.

read more http://rt.com/usa/news/dhs-search-border-electronics-784/



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terrible this post vanished so quickly

I'm outraged. There is no govt dept that can make any decision to abrogate a natural right. Natural rights ar unalienable.
No wonder they want our guns.
This should have been front page news.
Zero Hedge has the map.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-09/goodbye-fourth-amen...

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Suspicionless’ Seizure

“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.

WTF happened to the constitution?

The constitution has been a dead letter for years.

The state class either ignores it or re-interprets it. Garet Garrett explained it best, there has been a quiet, actual revolution/coup while maintaining the outward forms and rituals of the old republic.