I’m sure most people are familiar with the TSA and body scanners, but how many are familiar with ICE? Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an organization under Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with identifying and securing vulnerabilities regarding border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure within United States territories.
The articles below revolve around David House and his run-in with Homeland Security. Due to his involvement with Bradley Manning, now Chelsea, ICE took interest in Mr. House’s activities and created a TECS alert for questioning related to leak classified information. While returning from vacation, Mr. House was detained and searched by federal agents, in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Not only was Mr. House detained and searched, his electronic equipment was seized and not returned for a prolonged period of time, except his phone which was returned in a matter of hours.
One of the articles is from the ACLU and their fight against the Department of Homeland Security in regards to David House’s situation. I found it to be an interesting read on how the US government can violate our rights in the interest of national security.
Hauss, Brian. “Documents Shed Light on Border Laptop Searches.” American Civil Liberties Union, 9 Sept. 2013. Web. 9 Sept. 2013. <https://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-immigrants-rights-national-security/documents-shed-light-border-laptop>
Stellin, Susan. “The Border Is a Back Door for U.S. Device Searches.” The New York Times Company, 9 Sept. 2013. Web. 9 Sept. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/business/the-border-is-a-back-door-for-us-device-searches.html>