The US Department of Homeland Security is asking Congress to pass new legislation that would expand the agency's power to surveil, research, and attack drones in US airspace. Hayley Chang, DHS deputy general counsel, testified yesterday that there are a number of things that DHS "can't do currently" because of outdated laws that have the potential to jeopardize America's national security.
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The US Federal Aviation Administration wants the world's airlines to stop letting passengers put large electronic devices like laptops in checked bags on international flights. The proposal, which will no doubt upset some frequent travellers, will be considered by the United Nations in the coming weeks.
Earlier this week, we looked at some of the complaints filed with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about the treatment of travellers at the US border. People regularly have their electronic devices searched, often for no good reason at all, leading to an invasive and violating experience. And today we have more horror stories from the front lines.
Travelling to the United States can be a huge hassle. Even if you're an American citizen, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can pull you aside for extensive and invasive "secondary screening". And by all accounts, this process has gotten worse since Donald Trump was elected. But it was horrible even before Trump gained power.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the kinds of information that it collects on immigrants to include social media information and search results. The new policy, which covers immigrants who have obtained a green card and even naturalized citizens, will take effect on October 18th.