DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border. Instead of the 20th century ‘papers please’ it’s now the 21st century ‘smart phone please.’

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poppajoe49 February 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

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Cool! Take and search my computer and phone, but let 12 million illegals in without a problem.
Sounds like a real secure border we have.

StrinaM February 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

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Hate to say it, but they’ve been doing this for a few years…. Whenever I came back from Japan, I wouldn’t have my laptop with me. Refused to give them the satisfaction.

CO2Insanity February 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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If I traveled a lot I’d buy a TracPhone when I got to where I was going and a cheap netbook or android pad. I’d put everything on the cloud and destroy them before I came back into the country. Not that I do anything they would care about, but it’s the principle of it. If they have a reason to snoop and get a court order from a competent magistrate, I don’t have a problem with it. All this spying and searching whenever some government ass clown feels like it, I have a big problem with, morally and legally.

StrinaM February 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

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Exactly!

poppajoe49 February 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

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If they saw the books I have on my Kindle, I would be sent to a reeducation camp.

flashingscotsman February 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

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You got THAT right.

Progressive Hemrrhoid February 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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Next up, Homeland Security on every street corner asking for travel permits.

CO2Insanity February 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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It’s already getting close. They show up at Amtrak stations and bus stations periodically looking for nothing. They’d save more lives if they put them on DUI patrol on the freeways.

StrinaM February 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

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They are already working to get TSA agents at all sporting and entertainment events.

CO2Insanity February 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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They keep expanding pretty soon everyone will be a TSA agent.

flashingscotsman February 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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Not me. I have a LITTLE bit of pride.

poppajoe49 February 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

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SEIG HEIL!

flashingscotsman February 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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FTA, the Fourth Amendment Free Zone, where they can search anything they want, anytime they want, without a warrant, or even suspicion, extends 100 miles in from the border? So, when I was living in San Diego, my belongings and my person were not provided with Fourth Amendment protections?

poppajoe49 February 11, 2013 at 5:12 am

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What about if you live near the coast? Does anyone within 100 miles of any coastal waters fall under this?
Technically, the coast is a border.

flashingscotsman February 11, 2013 at 9:02 am

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You could always claim that the border is the 200 mile limit for territorial waters. Otherwise, Florida is in a LOT of trouble.

CO2Insanity February 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

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Here’s the map. In Florida you’re screwed.
http://tinyurl.com/a4dccua

poppajoe49 February 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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Yea, the whole damned state is in that zone!