"The border is not a Constitution-free zone”
- Previously free Americans are now being arrested for daring to take photos without the permission of the Big Brother Police State.
- And there is not one word defending the Bill of Rights from any of the liar political hacks from either party.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the federal government, contending that policies prohibiting the public from taking photos and video at international ports of entry violates the Constitution.
The lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security was filed on behalf of two activists who were attempting to document possible human rights abuses at California-Mexico border crossings. U.S. authorities took the activists into custody and deleted their photos, according to the suit.
The suit says the Customs and Border Protection agency prohibits the public from taking photos at or near ports of entry without permission. It calls the policy a violation of free-speech rights and protections against illegal search and seizure reports The Los Angeles Times.
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DHS asserts the right to look though the contents of a traveler's electronic devices -- including laptops, cameras and cell phones -- and to keep the devices or copy the contents in order to continue searching them once the traveler has been allowed to enter the U.S., regardless of whether the traveler is suspected of any wrongdoing.
"The border is not a Constitution-free zone,” said David Loy, legal director of the ACLU in San Diego. “Border agents are not above the law, and the law guarantees our right to hold them accountable by documenting their conduct.”
Customs and Border Protection officials have not commented on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit cites several cases, including that of Ray Askins, an activist who took photos in April from a city street of an inspection area at a Calexico border crossing. After being handcuffed and searched, authorities returned his digital camera with photos erased, the lawsuit alleges.
The Calexico port director, Billy Whitford, told Askins in an email the next day that permission is needed to take photos and video at Customs and Border Protection facilities.
The lawsuit also cites the case of Christian Ramirez, human rights director at Equality Alliance San Diego, who said authorities deleted about 10 cellphone photos in June 2010 at San Diego's San Ysidro port of entry. Ramirez said he was on a pedestrian bridge, capturing images of male officers patting down women.
|And Democrats and Republicans keep voting more and more money to fund |
the growing unconstitutional Police State.