border rights

Can US Customs and Border officials search your phone?

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. Below, ProPublica details what powers US Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices.

A NASA scientist heading home to the US said he was detained in January at a Houston airport, where US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers pressured him for access to his work phone and its potentially sensitive contents. Last month, CBP agents checked the identification of passengers leaving a domestic flight at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport during a search for an immigrant with a deportation order. And in October, border agents seized phones and other work-related material from a Canadian photojournalist. They blocked him from entering the US after he refused to unlock the phones, citing his obligation to protect his sources. These and other recent incidents have revived confusion and alarm over what powers border officials actually have and, perhaps more importantly, how to know when they are overstepping their authority.

The unsettling fact is that border officials have long had broad powers — many people just don’t know about them. Border officials, for instance, have search powers that extend 100 air miles inland from any external boundary of the US. That means border agents can stop and question people at fixed checkpoints dozens of miles from US borders. They can also pull over motorists whom they suspect of a crime as part of “roving” border patrol operations.

Sowing even more uneasiness, ambiguity around the agency’s search powers — especially over electronic devices — has persisted for years as courts nationwide address legal challenges raised by travelers, privacy advocates and civil-rights groups. We dug out answers about the current state-of-play when it comes to border searches, along with links to more detailed resources (below).

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1933 uranus-pluto square - the rise of nazism, eugenics, dictatorship  

1870′s uranus-pluto square - an image depicts the savagery of european powers as they divide and declare colonisation of africa, each diplomatic waiting for his slice, the term plutocracy is developed

uranus square pluto current - increasing fear associated with border security and alt right ideology, mass displacement, generation of ISIS as a result of western occupancy

1960s uranus-pluto conjunct - vietnam war; use of napalm, mao tsendong effectuates communism in china

On Jan. 25, President Trump signed an executive order instructing construction to begin on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Environmentalists and civil rights activists say the proposed wall on the southern border with Mexico is a threat to the environmental rights of the people who live on both sides of the border.

“When you have such beautiful wilderness areas as we have here in Arizona, the idea of putting this large wall that prevents the migration of animals, that scars the earth itself, and especially knowing how ineffectual it is, is something that is just sad,” said Juanita Molina, the executive director of Border Action Network, an organization that advocates for the health and wellness of people who live along the border. “The reality is that border communities are porous by nature.”

Molina, who lives in Benson, Ariz., said the wall could cause flooding and debris build-up on both sides of the border. (Chris Clarke of KCET has reported that a concrete wall “would cause catastrophic flooding in the desert.”) Molina also said there could be legal and ethical consequences if people try to build on the land of the Tohono O'odham Nation, whose reservation straddles the border, and whose leaders have spoken out for years against a border wall. But even if no part of the wall materializes, she said, the rhetoric around it has already caused rifts in her community.

The Environmental Consequences Of A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

ok there have been a ton of “DUI stops” in the area but the rumors going around socal is that they are immigration checkpoints. i can barely find any news coverage but according to the new york times police are calling it “fake news” and claim that they are just setting up DUI stops for the superbowl. i live in a rundown primarily latinx neighborhood and the day those rumors started there was a “DUI stop” just down the street.. on thursday. 4 days from the superbowl? starting at like noon ending at around 7 pm? ive lived here for 11 years and theres never been a checkpoint bc this isnt a particularly busy street.. idk you guys

“I wanna be where the people are”

It doesn’t matter if in a big city or in a small town near the sea, my dream trip is anywhere lively and/or full of lively people. I love taking pictures, learning costumes and traditions (both of countries or just of a single family or person) and go people-watching. Even if I’m kind of an introvert, full-of-life places are where I really feel the happiest.

(I had some problem with the photo and had to submit it with those gigantic white borders, hope it’s still okay!)

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200x200 icons for kirigiri!

i hope these are alright kirigiri! i kind of experimented with the background and border and all that, but i hope you don’t mind! i think i’ll start making all icons like this unless requested otherwise if that’s okay with everyone! ((by the way if anyone wants to send more icon requests i’m on a roll right now so be sure to ask!))

-mod angie

Kill Zone - Part 2: Kill Shot

Characters: Reader (Special Agent Y/N Singer), Sam Winchester, Special Agent Castiel Novak,  Dean Winchester, Cindy Stevenson (OC), Ella McKenzie (OC),   

Pairing: AU Dean x Reader (eventually)

Warnings: Guns, talk of murder, talk of character deaths, Dean is a being an ass, Cas is being a jerk,  

Word Count: 4400ish

A/N: This is a serial killer AU of sorts. Not the typical kind, but it has all the deaths and violence this kinda AU bring with it. It was sorta inspired by Criminal Minds and that is why my agents are profilers.

This series will have deaths, violence, love, heartwarming moments and everything in between. I am hereby warning you for yet another rollercoaster ride led by me ;)

Thanks to the amazing @percywinchester27 for being my advisor and beta on this one.

MASTERLIST

You were absently rubbing your wrist as you stared towards the house. You hadn’t wanted to leave but Sam had insisted, and Cas had practically dragged you out of there.

“Are you okay?” Cas asked, nodding towards your arm, as you looked up with a confused expression on your face.

“Yeah…” you pulled up your sleeve, showing Cas your arm with a smile, “See, no bruises. Just a little sore. That’s all.”

Cas wasn’t convinced till he had taken a good look at your arm himself, letting out a relieved sigh once he had, “I’m sorry Y/N. I should have warned you. Dean has a bit of a temper.”

“I noticed,” you replied wryly, looking back towards the house with the two Winchesters still inside. “What happened between the two of you? I mean Sam knew you, but he didn’t seem angry with you. Dean on the other hand…”

You looked up at Cas, who was no longer looking at you. His eyes rested on Dean’s cabin, but his mind seemed to be far away. “It’s a long story Y/N, and not really mine to tell,” Cas answered, making you even more curious.

You tilted your head slightly, carefully studying Cas’ expression before speaking again, “You’re friends. You are mad at him right now, but you still consider him a friend.”

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Paris (AFP) - Ten countries including Russia, Turkey and India have been condemned for censoring, locking up or threatening cartoonists in a new report published Friday.

The Cartooning for Peace group said cartoonists were increasingly becoming the victims of repressive crackdowns on free speech.

The watchdog’s first annual global report also documents attacks on freedom of expression in Kenya, Venezuela, Egypt, Malaysia, Jordan, Ecuador and Burkina Faso.

Its founder, the French cartoonist Plantu who set up the group a decade ago with former United Nations chief Kofi Annan  told AFP that his peers were in danger across the globe.

Cartoonists were the canary in the mineshaft, he said, “often the first to be threatened” by authoritarian governments.

“Finally for the last few days we in Europe are worrying about what has been happening in Venezuela,” added Plantu, whose work appears on Page One of the French daily Le Monde.

“For six years we have been trying to defend the cartoonist Rayma,” who was first targeted by Hugo Chavez and has since fled to Florida after being threatened by his successor, President Nicolas Maduro.

The report also highlights the case of Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart, who has been jailed since October with colleagues from the liberal daily Cumhuriyet on accusations of “collusion with a terrorist organisation”.

The newspaper incurred the wrath of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for running a story about a shipment of arms intercepted at the Syrian border, allegedly bound for Islamic extremists.

The report was also highly critical of Malaysia’s Sedition Act, which it said has been used to try to silence journalists.

It said the Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has been subject to nearly a decade of persecution, travel bans and harassment for his work criticising official corruption.

“Whether their cartoons concern politics, the economy, sports or religion, cartoonists are confronted with the same threats as journalists who cover sensitive subjects,” the group said in a statement.

Cartoonists are always on the front line, it said, the victims of “censorship, attacks, imprisonment, exile, disappearances and, in the worst cases, even murder.”

Last week the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders warned that the media has never been as threatened as it is now, undermined by increased surveillance and the rise of authoritarian leaders across the globe.

Annoying Interruptions [Eggsy Unwin Imagine - Request].

A/N: Hello lovelies, here’s a Eggsy Unwin imagine, based off this anon: 

  • Eggsy imagine, please? You both are sexually frustrated because Merlin and Harry is always interrupting.  

Pairing: Eggsy x Reader.

Part Two. 

Warnings: Uh, there’s nothing explicit, but there is some content that is sexual in nature, nothing detailed. If that’s not your thing, please don’t read and to be sure, please, please, only read if you’re an adult

Rating: M, just to make sure, because I’m paranoid! 

Disclaimer: Nope, I don’t own anyone. All the characters go to their respective owners/creators. 

P.S.:Thank you for requesting and I hope this is all right! :) I’ve checked this over for mistakes and whatnot, but if any have managed to slip through, please forgive me.


Living the life of a spy was a tough business. Dealing with terrorists and plots to destroy the world, was something you had to deal with on many of your missions. You weren’t complaining, but when you actually found some spare time to relax, you’d like to be able to do that freely. If you weren’t on a mission, then you were training, or helping new recruits train and if not doing any of those things, you were busy filing through paperwork and briefing for upcoming missions, or debriefing for past ones. It constantly felt like you were doing something, so when you got back to your room after an exhausting day, you collapsed on your bed, just wanting to fall asleep.

Your boyfriend, Eggsy Unwin, had other ideas. He waltzed into your room unannounced, a breezy, carefree smile on his bright face, his light green-blue eyes sparkling in the evening light.

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Much attention has been paid in recent years to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. But Ukraine is not the only place where Russia has exploited ethnic conflicts and disputed territories along its borders.

In the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, 2,500 feet up, Russia is steadily building what it says is a new international border. It’s marked by a hodgepodge of barbed wire fences, large green signs, hastily dug trenches and well-manned checkpoints. Villages are divided by it and people are regularly thrown in jail for crossing it.

But according to most of the world, this border doesn’t exist, and neither does the land it defines — the Republic of South Ossetia

The region had its own government, but no enforced border. That changed in 2008.

Along A Shifting Border, Georgia And Russia Maintain An Uneasy Peace

Photos: Claire Harbage/NPR

Life Is Strange

so me and my boyfriend are playing Life Is Strange on his PS4 and I mentioned it being kind of popular lesbian stuff and he just looked at me all confused like: whaat what lesbian there are none… wait you mean Chloe and Max… they are friends..umm but they are cute…ummmmmm I don’t know Kate.

*3 hours later*

Chloe: If you’re hardcore then kiss me Max 
choice one: Kiss Chloe                      
choice two: don’t kiss Chloe

me: ooooh yeeesss finally
boyfriend looks at me grinning while I laugh and try to steal the controller from him: ooooooooookaaay you were right *he himself hits option one* 

both: awwwwwwwwwww 
both: 

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Charmer (Taehyung)

Angst/Slight smut 
Badboy AU 
4790 Words

Summary: Being the charmer of the group means flirting, lying and manipulating in order to get what is beneficial to his group. Taehyung never doubted himself until she witnessed him in action and almost lost her. 

They say that opposites attract and Taehyung never believed in that saying until he met her. He didn’t know what it was about her that made him want her so much but he always caught himself falling for her a little bit more every time they were together-which was unusual as besides his group, Taehyung did not associate himself with anyone unless he knew he could benefit from them. All the past girlfriends he had were people he could get money or gain status from. With that information, never in a million years would Taehyung have given a thought about being serious with a girl like her but after weeks of being rejected by her, she finally gave in and accepted to go on one date with him. That one date turned into a second date, then a third, then a fourth date and just last week they celebrated their 10 month anniversary together. Perhaps it was the way she looked directly into his eyes when they were talking, or how she didn’t even pretend to laugh at his dry jokes, or maybe it was because she made him feel like he didn’t have to keep up his facade around her-whatever it was, he was going to love her and keep her by his side for as long as he could. 

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The ignorance is real.

I’ve worked alongside illegal immigrants for four years, and guess what? They have to work three times as hard to stay afloat. Even if they could obtain a driver’s license, (which they can’t), what cars are they buying? I’m making change every night before my shift ends so that they all have enough quarters to take the bus home, or to the next job. Because that’s the reality. The reality is they’re getting CPS called on them because they’re working three jobs and still can’t afford daycare. That is the American Dream to which they’ve subscribed.

You live in America! Do you think your ancestors presented the Native Americans with appropriate paperwork? Do you believe that white people were born into being of American soil?

And I mean, if you’re going to uphold the standards of communist countries, countries run by dictators, countries where human beings are not treated as such, that doesn’t really say much about you, and your sense of empathy, or humanity, or compassion. Perhaps it’s time you stop worrying about other people, and take a look at yourself in the mirror. Are you the kind of person you’d want your child to grow up to be?

Now I’m going to tell you a secret, one that has been swept under the rug for centuries:

The truth is, there is no “other”.

I don’t speak the same language as half of my coworkers, and guess what? We laugh, and we tell stories, maybe not in the most conventional ways, but we enjoy each other’s company. We are all still connected through the bond of existence, the bond of that truth.

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