I find these two parts really chilling .... who determined that first amendment rights are not being violated ... why we did of course. We know what's best for you.
Some critics argue that a heightened level of suspicion should be required before officers search
laptop computers in order to avoid chilling First Amendment rights. However, we conclude that
the laptop border searches allowed under the ICE and CBP Directives do not violate travelers’
First Amendment rights.
Then this astounding deduction ... even though they have caused people to miss flights and in some cases detained people on the side of the road for hours they don't feel that any time restraints need to be applied.
Time Limits and Privileged Materials
Current policies ensure reasonable efforts at promptness and, accordingly, we do not believe that
setting specific time limits is necessary. We also find that the 2009 ICE and CBP Directives
appropriately address the need to take special precautions when dealing with sensitive
information, such as attorney-client materials, attorney work product, business information, trade
secrets, and medical records. Additional safeguards are not needed
True in theory their JUST power derives from the constitution and the will of their employers the American people. Unfortunately at these inland border checks they will normally outnumber you at better than 30 to 1 and they do have fully automatic weapons. So whatever law they pretend to follow while you are there it is important to your health to also pretend to follow it. However videoing them is perfectly legal and has been tested in the Supreme Court. Get a dash cam and use it anytime you are stopped. They are pretty cheap these days.
When they stop you at "inner" border check points. They can arrest you for being in the country illegally, illegal alien transport or firearms and explosives. They can have you arrested by local law enforcement for drugs or driving impaired, so I would assume if they find some reason to believe you have illegal content on your laptop/phone ect. they can also have you arrested for that. Look around on you tube at some of the liberties these "public servants" take with their numbers and weapons. All it takes is a cross word on your part and suddenly you will need to be more fully searched. They will invent whatever "probable cause" they need.
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