DHS can search all your devices within 100 mi of US border.

The Department of Homeland Security(DHS) and its stated goal is to prepare for, prevent, and US_Department_of_Homeland_Security_Seal.svgrespond to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism. DHS also is tasked with, the border enforcement functions of the INS, including the U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Customs Service.

The DHS has nearly 250,000 employees and yet they have to expand their reach to within 100 miles of the U.S. border? Are they so short staffed at border crossings that this type of action is necessary?

It also might be appropriate and necessary to have DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, and the entirety of her staff become reacquainted with the Constitution and the Fourth Amendment in particular. I’ll summarize:

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.

Yet another instance of our Federal Officials not upholding their oath of office.

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DHS watchdog: DHS can search all your devices within 100 mi of US border: ”

The DHS office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties — a watchdog that’s supposed to keep the DHS in check — has concluded that it’s fine for the DHS to stop anyone within 100 miles of the US border, without any suspicion or warrant, and search all the data on all their devices. But they won’t say why:

‘There should be a reasonable, articulate reason why the search of our electronic devices could lead to evidence of a crime,’ Catherine Crump, an ACLU staff attorney, said in a telephone interview. ‘That’s a low threshold.’

The DHS watchdog’s conclusion isn’t surprising, as the DHS is taking that position in litigation in which the ACLU is challenging the suspicionless, electronic-device searches and seizures along the nation’s borders. But that conclusion nevertheless is alarming considering it came from the DHS civil rights watchdog, which maintains its mission is ‘promoting respect for civil rights and civil liberties.’

‘This is a civil liberties watchdog office. If it is doing its job property, it is supposed to objectively evaluate. It has the power to recommend safeguards to safeguard Americans’ rights,’ Crump said. ‘The office has not done that and the public has the right to know why.’

Toward that goal, the ACLU on Friday filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding to see the full report that the executive summary discusses.

DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border [David Kravets/Wired]

(Via Boing Boing.)

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A great video perspective on the attempted Christmas Day Terrorist attack against NWA 253.

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Northwest Airlines Flight 253


It has been a bit over a week since Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from the Netherlands, to Metro Airport in Detroit, Michigan, was targeted in a failed al-Qaeda bombing attempt on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009.

Since that time there has been lots of handwringing, posturing and platitudinous statements made by Senators as well as members of the Obama Administration, including President Obama himself.

First out of the box was Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, uttering her now famous words, “the system worked.”

Then three, yes three days after the fact, Obama finally decides to make a statement to the American People, regarding the event. The statement might have been better read by Obama’s Press Secretary or some other minion for all the enthusiasm that Obama mustered for the statement. Then four days after the attack, Obama said publicly that Abdulmutallab’s ability to board the aircraft was the result of systemic failure. (Gee ya think?) Of course Obama wasn’t telling us anything we didn’t already know from the tireless efforts in the blogesphere and media outlets around the world. And now today, According to the LA Times, John Brennan, the senior Obama counterterrorism official, declared there was “no smoking gun” in the Christmas Day Detroit bound bombing. (Where is the pool that Obama is finding these inept and incompetent people for his administration?)

Other than the now, hindsight news articles and talking head shows, the event is rather dormant. No one in the Obama Administration has been held accountable, which is disturbing and yet not surprising from this Administration. Given what we know of the overall event, there is certainly enough accountability issues to go around many of the Government Agencies.

If no one is held accountable within the Obama Administration, it is a continuing pattern and example of President Obama’s lack of experience, integrity and judgement, as President of the United States.

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Department of Homeland Security?


Janet Napolitano, arrogant, incompetent, inept, and someone who is lacking the qualities needed for effective action, for her position, as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Given the news coverage of Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit, Secretary Napolitano follows up with an amazing statement.

As I overheard, via the Internet, word fail to put into perspective just what an boneheaded, bungling, and complete absence of intellectual ability or qualifications she has, to hold her position in the Obama Administration.

If her resignation isn’t in President Obama’s hands by the end of the day, she should be fired immediately. Failing either of these occurrence’s the Obama Administration from Secretary Napolitano up the Chain of command is complicit in this Homeland Security Failure, and should be dealt with accordingly.

UPDATE: Breaking: Second Nigerian on Detroit-bound flight arrested.

UPDATE 1447 MST: FBI gives all-clear on second Detroit airport incident.

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