The FBI, Homeland Security, and law enforcement agencies throughout the US are documenting the activities of citizens and visitors in a national database of suspicious behavior, which they deem could be the precursor of criminal or terrorism activities. Ned Levi has examined the NSI program, and found that far too often, the actions of the general public and travelers documented in the database, wouldn’t be considered suspicious at all, by a reasonable person.
The Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, has made a new ruling concerning searches and seizures of passenger belongings at the border of the US, stating that CBP agents need to recognize there is an expectation of privacy and can’t do a search without a reason. Ned Levi discusses the new ruling and what its effect might be for international travelers.
In a preliminary ruling in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU three years ago on behalf of a group of people who have been prevented by the U.S. government from traveling by air, a Federal judge in Oregon has found (1) that international air travel is a Constitutional right, and (2) that a categorical ban by the government on the exercise of that right can only be issued in accordance with due process.
Ned Levi looks at the privacy issues travelers face using electronic devices which hold personal data, or access the Internet, and for travelers which post travel photos on the Internet while traveling.
Since 9/11, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has had a program of random inspection of electronic media at the border. Without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, CBP has confiscated laptops and other electronic devices for weeks or even years. Ned Levi brings you up to date on the latest news about this serious problem for international travelers.
ACLU protests enhanced TSA patdown in Boston and Las Vegas, Tibet Air chooses A319, ANA plans quick 787 ramp-up once planes are flying.
Ned Levi examines TSA’s new random hand swabbing program to detect explosive residue on airplane passengers and finds that it’s unlikely to work, despite claims of security experts, mostly because they’ve focused on the equipment, and not the overall security program of which they are a part.
Ned discusses the latest news about the Customs and Border Patrol’s program to randomly search and seize laptops, digital cameras, cellphones and other electronic devices at the border, without warrants, reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and what travelers can do to protect their privacy and security.
It has been about a year since we first heralded the beginnings of laptop searches by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to learn how the agency’s policy has impacted the civil liberties of travelers.