Every Laptop and Cell Phone in Detroit (and Dearborn) Can Be Searched at Will

I’m not really sure how Detroit is supposed to pursue an arts-based resurgence if the Department of Homeland Security maintains that it can seize any electronics along the nation’s borders — which extend 100 miles and therefore include the bulk of the population of Michigan

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.


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.

I mean, if I were a business of any kind I’d move outside of this 100-mile border zone to protect my company secrets. Though that would up-end a good deal of the US auto industry, which they can’t really afford.

This is absurd. The notion that the border exception would expose entire cities (San Diego and, I think, Miami, would be similarly exposed) to this kind of privacy invasion shows how absurd the contention is.

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emptywheel @lizzwinstead Snyder going to attempt to blame O. That narrative must be constantly rebutted @JordanAckerMI @Eclectablog @amy10506 @LOLGOP
emptywheel @JordanAckerMI Thanks--fair explanation. Does that the pressure bc real in August? Sept? @amy10506 @Eclectablog @lizzwinstead @LOLGOP @MIGOP
emptywheel @JordanAckerMI Q that has me worried abt Hillary visit, btw, bc it may make Fed $ less likely @Eclectablog @lizzwinstead @amy10506 @LOLGOP
emptywheel @JordanAckerMI Right. But how does that happen? @Eclectablog @lizzwinstead @amy10506 @LOLGOP
emptywheel @JordanAckerMI Let's go back: How does one get either state or Fed funding? @Eclectablog @lizzwinstead @amy10506 @LOLGOP
emptywheel @JordanAckerMI You're certain he isn't now? How would we know? @Eclectablog @lizzwinstead @amy10506 @LOLGOP
emptywheel @CathyGellis Also to get log files and other ECTRs fr ISPs w/just an NSL.
emptywheel @Eclectablog Tho given this week's Hollins disclosures someone besides Snyder needs to oversee investigation @lizzwinstead @amy10506 @LOLGOP
emptywheel @Eclectablog What is the route to getting funding, at either the State or Federal level? @lizzwinstead @amy10506 @LOLGOP
emptywheel @WHarkavy A better version than Kristof: https://t.co/boLaahJv1l
emptywheel @WHarkavy Agree. And not just cities.
emptywheel In 2008 Schumer said once Dems got a few more votes in Congress they'd reverse Bankruptcy law (& recognized it'd save house). Didn't happen.
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