Americans Searched on a Hunch? DHS Reaffirms Broad Power
The Daily Sheeple
June 5th, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security has reaffirmed their belief that they have the power to conduct unwarranted electronic surveillance on American citizens returning to the country, based on nothing more than a hunch.
The data taken from electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops can then be copied and saved by homeland security.
Despite widespread outrage from civil liberties groups such as the ACLU, homeland securities own internal study shows that they plan to continue the practice and are using scary words such as terrorism and child pornography to justify it.
A recent report by a local CBS affiliate in Washington D.C. outlined the study:
The 23-page report, obtained by The Associated Press and the American Civil Liberties Union under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, provides a rare glimpse of the Obama administration’s thinking on the long-standing but controversial practice of border agents and immigration officers searching and in some cases holding for weeks or months the digital devices of anyone trying to enter the U.S.