Skip to comments.Why an Illegal Phone Search Got This Man Kicked Out of the USA
Posted on 06/06/2019 5:38:24 AM PDT by vannrox
There was no conceivable reason for border agents to be suspicious when Charles flew from Brazil to Chigaco, with a final destination of Denver.
But that didnt stop them from searching his luggage, searching him, and finally searching his phone.
Customs and Border Protection has been ramping up their searches of the electronics of travelers to the United States. Over 30,000 people had their electronics searched at a U.S. airport last year while traveling to or from the United States.
In this interview, Charles tells me about his ordeal with the United States Customs and Border Protection. He was traveling to the United States to see a friend but was stopped at the airport and searched without probable cause, or even reasonable suspicion.
Finally, CBP Agents forced him to unlock his phone so they could troll through thousands of pictures, fishing for a crime. They didnt find a crime, but they did find a picture of Charles with marijuana from over a year prior. Based on that picture, his visa was revoked.
(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybell.com ...
There is always more to a story then what is printed. I wonder why the agents would spend hours on one individual. Perhaps they knew something we don’t.
...searched without probable cause, or even reasonable suspicion.
Who decided that this is fact? The author?
They picked him completely at random to search his phone?
I doubt it.
Does it smack of civil rights violation, if say, it happened at a traffic stop, or worse, in a private residence, anywhere that a reasonable expectation of privacy is in place? Yes. But this is international air travel. Anyone who goes through TSA already understands they are willing giving up certain rights to privacy.
Non American? Non Citizen? Sorry. The rights are for US. Watch your butts aliens
No need for probable cause or reasonable suspicion at the border. If in doubt, travel naked and with a burner phone. Move data across borders using a PIE (pre internet encryption) service and never share your keys.
CBP has extended search rights if they are at the border.
I like to watch the many videos on youtube showing how Customs agents of various countries operate.Canadian and British agents have been filmed for TV series and they *routinely* search cell phones and computers.
For that matter...a few years back Canadian Customs officials searched my car *and* laptop at the border.Of course they found nothing and I was allowed in...but I assumed that under Canadian law they were authorized to do so and I,knowing that I was subject to Canadian law at the time,wasn't gonna protest.
This is actually fairly common. They could be searching for anything from contacts with terrorists to evidence that the person lied on their visa application.
Prior SCOTUS rulings have held that until you clear customs and immigration you are technically NOT in the U.S., and thus Fourth Amendment protections don’t apply.
Im supposed to feel sorry for someone who has no legal right to be here???
We dont need to add to the dope smoking crew
Of a person who is attempting to enter OUR country????
So you side with the leftists that once on US soil you get all the rights of a citizen
This is why libertarians are useless
There is always more to a story then what is printed. I wonder why the agents would spend hours on one individual. Perhaps they knew something we dont.
1) No, there isn’t.
2) People sometimes get randomly picked for extra screening by the TSA. It happened on a flight I was on when TSA agents arrived at the gate as my flight was about to board and they made every other passenger in line unpack their bags in front of the entire flight and search them. I happened to be one of the odd one’s out. I was flying into Oakland, to go to a photography seminar in San Fransisco and they wanted me a unpack the $10,000 worth of camera gear I was carrying in front of about a hundred dindu nuffins. I’m not suicidal and I don’t like getting robbed, so needless to say I missed that flight and haven’t attempted to fly since. Now that flight might have been singled out because of the destination and the odds of finding something... but since the actual passengers selected were effectively chosen at random it can’t be claimed there was any kind of probable cause.
Yes, they absolutely do choose people at random, in fact, theyre generally required to do so in order to avoid racial profiling.
This is why libertarians are useless
Read the fine article, my FRiend.
It's not about granting rights to aliens, it's about limiting the powers of our government.
Searching for physical contraband is one thing. Searching electronic devices for thought crimes is quite another.
Don't forget that the CBP does the very same thing to returning U.S. citizens. What's your thought about that?
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He tried to enter the U.S. legally, with a visa.
If he had tried to sneak across the southern border illegally with the hundreds of thousands of others, he would have gotten in, NQA. They might have even had a welfare check waiting for him.
“Prior SCOTUS rulings have held that until you clear customs and immigration you are technically NOT in the U.S”
If that’s true then we can throw all the so called asylum seekers the F out immediately. Technically they were never on US soil so they never entered and are not subject to the cock-a-mamy Dum-o-crat laws on asylum. Toss their fannies back across the border. With prejudice.
There is not now and as far as I know never has been the least requirement for probable cause to search at the border. Don’t like it? Don’t travel.
My libertarianism only considers citizens as having Rights under the US Constitution. If this was a citizen then no search but non citizen break out the rubber gloves and do a body cavity i don’t care.
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