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"The border is technically outside of U.S. jurisdiction, in a sort of legal no-man’s-land. You have very few rights there. Barring the use of “excessive force,” agents can do whatever they want to you."

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  • brian

    brian 8 months, 1 week ago

    This is an interesting article and makes a great case for having a spare burner around. Tough to not bring a laptop abroad though.

    I should add that I read a separate article about this and one thing to keep in mind is that if you are a US citizen, the US border patrol cannot stop you from re-entering the country. They can only delay your entry, regardless of whether you provide your passwords or not.

    This is something that the supreme court needs to weigh in on, because clearly accessing files on computers and phones is different than searching your luggage, but they are currently treated the same.

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  • skilletboy

    skilletboy 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    This is why even though I am a conservative libertarian, I struggle to support RINO republicans.

    According the theory of the framers of the constitution, we already have our constitutional rights and neither the law (i.e. the constitution itself) nor the government GRANTS them, per se... rather, they exist as "God given" natural rights that all mankind share.

    The idea that just because someone isn't inside the technical borders of the US, especially if an American citizen, is morally repugnant and constitutionally incorrect.

    But frankly this is old news:

    https://www.aclu.org/other/constitution-100-mile-border-zone

    All this is being propped up partially by backroom courts and a total lack of congressional oversight. One measure is that something like 1 in 3 US subjects.... I'm sorry CITIZENS... live in a 4th amendment free zone.

    And frankly - NEITHER POLITICAL PARTY - wants to do anything about it.

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