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.
Constitution Free Zone – Map
If You live in Fresno, CA (or any other city in the US within 100 miles of an international boundary line: you can see if you live in a constitution free zone here http://www.aclu.org/constitution-free-zone-map and are pulled over. The agents now have the authority to seize your electronics and download all the data from them without a warrant or even suspicion. Think stop-and-frisk but for your electronic devices.
From the ACLU site about the constitution free zones in the US
December 15, 2006
Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the ACLU has determined that nearly 2/3 of the entire US population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders.
The government is assuming extraordinary powers to stop and search individuals within this zone. This is not just about the border: This ” Constitution-Free Zone” includes most of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
Dr. Ben Schillen