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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.

The memo highlights the friction between today’s reality that electronic devices have become virtual extensions of ourselves housing everything from e-mail to instant-message chats to photos and our papers and effects — juxtaposed against the government’s stated quest for national security.

The President George W. Bush administration first announced the suspicionless, electronics search rules in 2008. The President Barack Obama administration followed up with virtually the same rules a year later. Between 2008 and 2010, 6,500 persons had their electronic devices searched along the U.S. border, according to DHS data.

via DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border | Threat Level | Wired.com.

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January 5, 2013The introduction in Congress this week of anti-gun owner bills may very likely be met with deep and harsh opposition by America’s millions of law-abiding gun owners and millions more who believe in the U.S. Constitution, an Inside-the-Beltway civil rights expert said on Friday.“The anti-gun hysteria and other crapola coming out of Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience throughout the United States,” said John M. Snyder, a gun-rights lobbyist and former editor with the National Rifle Association.Synder noted that, President Barack Obama, Sens. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. and Chuck Schumer D-N.Y., Reps. Carolyn McCarthy D-N.Y., Diana DeGette D-Colo. and other “political hacks are conspiring to take away Americans’ gun rights.”

via Civil Disobedience May Follow Washington Gun Legislation, Warns Rights Expert – OpEd Eurasia Review.

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Introduction: After a lengthy, self-imposed informational black-out, my high-level DHS contact known as “Rosebud” emerged with new, non-public information about plans being discussed and prepared for implementation by the Department of Homeland Security DHS in the near future. It is important to note that this black-out was directly related to the aggressive federal initiative of identifying and prosecuting “leakers,” at least those leaks and leakers not sanctioned by the executive office—the latter of which there are many.Due to those circumstances, my source exercised an abundance of caution to avoid compromising a valuable line of communication until he had information he felt wassignificant enough to risk external contact. The following information is the result of an in-person contact between this author and “Rosebud” within the last 48 hours. With his permission, the interview was digitally recorded and the relevant portions of the contact are provided in a conversational format for easier reading. The original recording was copied onto multiple discs and are maintained in secure locations for historical and insurance purposes.Meeting: The following began after an exchange of pleasantries and other unrelated discussion:DH: Do I have your permission to record this conversation?RB: You do.DH: I’ve received a lot of e-mail from people wondering where you went and why you’ve been so quiet.RB: As I told you earlier, things are very dicey. Weird things began to happen before the election and have continued since. Odd things, a clampdown of sorts. I started looking and I found [REDACTED AT THE REQUEST OF THIS SOURCE], and that shook me up. I’m not the only one, though, that found a [REDACTED], so this means there’s surveillance of people within DHS by DHS. So, that explains this cloak and dagger stuff for this meeting.

 

via The latest from “DHS Insider”.

 

 

 

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By Robert O’Harrow Jr., Published: October 2

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An initiative aimed at improving intelligence sharing has done little to make the country more secure, despite as much as $1.4 billion in federal spending, according to a two-year examination by Senate investigators.The nationwide network of offices known as “fusion centers” was launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to address concerns that local, state and federal authorities were not sharing information effectively about potential terrorist threats.But after nine years — and regular praise from officials at the Department of Homeland Security — the 77 fusion centers have become pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions, according to a scathing 141-page report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee on investigations.

via DHS ‘fusion centers’ portrayed as pools of ineptitude and civil liberties intrusions – The Washington Post.

 

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