Right now, anyone – citizen or not – entering the Land of the FreeTM can be subject to warrantless probing of their electronics, which can be seized for further study in the lab for months if necessary. It’s just that citizens can’t be prevented from entering their home country: you can have your equipment taken and scanned, you can be questioned for hours, but you’re still ultimately allowed in. Foreigners, on the other hand, have no such protections: they can be searched, grilled, and sent back the way they came, if immigration officials deem you to be a problem.
The draft legislation – which is still in its early stages – is essentially designed to make it a lot tougher to stop and search citizens on the spot when they return to the US of A. However, the bill is weighed down with one major caveat. If officers have serious concerns about a traveller but have no time to get a warrant, they can seize the electronics and later apply for a warrant retroactively. If the warrant application fails, all the information harvested must be destroyed and may not be used in further prosecutions.
Source: US border cops must get warrants to search citizens’ gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges • The Register
Hey, you remember that time when you were 14 and you called up your crush with your best friend secretly listening in so that after they could tell you what to say? President Donald Trump did just that, except with the Air Force General in charge of the F-35 program and the fucking CEO of Boeing in the room listening.
Source: Trump Made Calls To Air Force General About The F-35 With Boeing CEO Secretly Listening In
The War on Terror framework continues to savage the world’s poorest civilians.
Source: Obama Killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed his 8-year-old Sister.
After serving as the key protector of South Africa’s apartheid regime, the U.S. is playing the same role for Israel.
Source: U.S. Admits Israel Is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime — Weeks After Giving It $38 Billion
In independent interviews with Human Rights Watch, two former detainees described a metal device that had wires with clips that would attach to the fingers, and a helmet connected to wires.
Source: Former CIA Detainees Describe Previously Unknown Torture Tactic: A Makeshift Electric Chair
Formal memorandum of understanding increases the annual military aid package to Israel, rewarding it with a record $38 billion over 10 years.
Source: Benjamin Netanyahu Added 100,000 Settlers. Now the U.S. Rewards Him With Largest Aid Package Ever.
New documents obtained by the National Security Archive reveal that the US government considered establishing a nuclear weapons storage site in Iceland during the 1950s. The really interesting part? The United States wasn’t going to tell Iceland.
Source: The US Considered Hiding Nuclear Weapons In Iceland (And Not Telling Iceland)
Scores of civilians trapped in Islamic State-controlled territory in northern Syria were reportedly killed Tuesday by airstrikes from Western coalition aircraft.
Source: Civilian Death Toll From Coalition Airstrikes in Syria Could Be Single Largest in U.S.-Led War on ISIS
But the closeness of the vote was an indication of growing congressional opposition to the conduct of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing coalition in Yemen.
Source: Worried About “Stigmatizing” Cluster Bombs, House Approves More Sales to Saudi Arabia