Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Searches at US Border Is Dismissed by Federal Judge

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 4:57 pm

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the constitutionality of suspicionless searches and seizures of laptops and other electronics at the United States border. Those challenging the United States government’s policy for border searches of electronics included the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Press [...]

Documents: Why Homeland Security Agents Seized Manning Support Network Co-Founder’s Electronic Devices

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 3:13 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union, which pursued a lawsuit alleging Bradley Manning Support Network (now Private Manning Support Network) co-founder David House had his rights violated when he had his electronic devices, including a laptop, searched and seized at O’Hare International Airport, has posted documents providing more details on why House was targeted. They suggest [...]

Government Agrees to Destroy Information Seized from Bradley Manning Support Network Co-Founder

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 12:28 pm

The government has decided to settle a lawsuit brought by American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Bradley Manning Support Network co-founder David House. The lawsuit involves a suspicionless border search that House experienced in 2010, where he had his laptop and other electronic devices seized. As part of the settlement, the government will destroy [...]

Court Rules Forensic Examination of Electronics in Border Searches Requires ‘Reasonable Suspicion’

By: Friday March 8, 2013 5:52 pm

(update below) A United States federal appeals court has ruled suspicionless searches do not violate the Fourth Amendment but border patrol agents do need “reasonable suspicion” in order to conduct forensic examinations of a person’s devices. The ruling appears to be one that is a small win for privacy, however, the ruling that agents need [...]

DHS Finds Suspicionless Border Searches Do Not Violate Americans’ Civil Liberties

By: Friday February 8, 2013 4:14 pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that border searches of American citizens without probable cause or suspicion, which sometimes result in the seizure of laptops, cell phones or other electronic devices, do not violate civil liberties. How DHS drew these self-serving conclusions is unknown because no evidence to support these conclusions was released [...]

Glenn Greenwald: The Assault on Civil Liberties & the Growing Climate of Fear in America (VIDEO)

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 11:56 am

Much thanks to all of you who visited The Dissenter yesterday and made the first day that this space was up and running a successful one. Now, I would like to share with you a transcript and full video of Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald’s speech at Socialism 2011 a couple weeks ago. I’ve already posted [...]

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