If you live in the orange areas, you are in what the DHS now considers a "Fourth Amendment Exclusion Zone"...meaning that it's fine for the DHS to stop anyone within 100 miles (the Orange area) of ANY US border, without any suspicion or warrant, and search all the data on all their devices.
“We also conclude that imposing a requirement that officers have reasonable suspicion in order to conduct a border search of an electronic device would be operationally harmful
without concomitant civil rights/civil liberties benefits,” says the executive summary.
Absolute insanity. More info here: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/02/electronics-border-seizures/EDIT:
Ok, so here's the thing. I'm tired of hearing the back and forth of "It's this candidate's fault" or "It's that party's fault." No. It's your fault. It's my fault.
They're using laws that were passed with MASSIVE approval by the American people. When we invaded Afghanistan, it was supported by over 90% of the population. When we passed the Patriot Act and similar legislation after 9/11 (which led to DHS and other agencies being able to enact changes like the above), the support was well over 80%.
We, as Americans, are really good
at feeling fear first, and then reasoning about it much, much later. We allowed our leaders to gain this power out of fear, very similar to the "Red Scare", and the eventual conclusion of such a precious gift is an abuse of that power.
If anybody would just pick up and read a damned history book every once and a while, we wouldn't be so awful at letting these things happen.
Your reading list for this evening. Let's try to stop this sort of madness before it gets any worse:Propoganda
(1928) by Edward BernaysThe Mass Psychology of Fascism
(1933) by Wilhelm ReichThe Human Use of Human Beings
(1950) by Norbert WienerCapitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus
(1972) & A Thousand Plateaus
(1980) by Gilles Deleuze and Félix GuattariA People's History of the United States: 1492 – Present
(1980_ by Howard Zinn
And watch the following documentaries:The Century Of The SelfThe Trap - 1 - F*k You Buddy