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Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights

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  • 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.
  • Related: What you — yes, you! — can do to save America from tyranny.

Patrick G. Lee, ProPublica / Truth-out

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/One%20Nation%20Under%20Surveillance%20graphic.jpg Friday, March 17, 2017 | A NASA scientist heading home to the US said he was detained in January at a Houston airport, where Customs and Border Protection 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.

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Patrick G. Lee is a reporting fellow at ProPublica.

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What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny, Timothy Snyder, Dallas (TX) News

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

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Paul Craig Roberts | The Stakes for Trump and All of Us

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“The deep state … generally refers to the agencies in Washington that are permanent power factions, (exercising) their power in secret. It’s agencies like the CIA, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies, that are essentially designed to disseminate disinformation and deceit and propaganda, and have a long history of doing not only that, but a history of the world’s worst war crimes, atrocities and death squads. This is who … lots of Democrats are … trying to empower … as they exert power separate and apart from—in fact, in opposition to—the political officials to whom they’re supposed to be subordinate.

Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/One%20Nation%20Under%20Surveillance%20graphic.jpg February 18, 2017 | We need to understand, and so does President Trump, that the hoax “war on terror” was used to transform intelligence agencies, such as the NSA and CIA, and criminal investigative agencies, such as the FBI, into Gestapo secret police agencies. Trump is now threatened by these agencies, because he rejects the neoconservative’s agenda of US world hegemony that supports the gigantic military/security annual budget.

Our secret police agencies are busy at work planting “intelligence” among the presstitute media that Trump is compromised by “Russian connections” and is a security threat to the United States. The plan is to make a case in the media, as was done against President Nixon, and to force Trump from office. To openly take on a newly elected president is an act of extraordinary audacity that implies enormous confidence, or else desperation, on the part of the police state agencies.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern: Obama Is ‘Afraid’ Of The CIA And The NSA, MintPress News Desk, Mint Press News 

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McGovern says he believes the president can’t hold either agency accountable for their violations of the law and human rights because of the power they hold over him.

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Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov

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  • "These dramatic changes to the White House website mirror the drastic and draconian cuts this president plans to make to the government. To sum it up, he’s getting rid of everything."
  • Censorship already begun.

David A. Love, The Grio / Black Commentator

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell.

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January 26, 2017 | Watch President Donald Trump and follow his actions carefully. Even in the early days of his administration, he is telling you what he thinks about you and what he plans to do. A case in point: Those issues he removed from the White House website.

As soon as Trump took the oath of office, the WhiteHouse.gov site changed drastically. And you should be alarmed. All of a sudden, the sections devoted to civil rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change, health care and people with disabilities are gone.

If you care about these important issues, you need to go to the archived Obama White House website. There were rumors that Trump had removed certain terms such as “LGBT” and “climate change,” but in reality — even worse — those pages are gone.

David A. Love serves BlackCommentator.com as Executive Editor. He is journalist, commentator and human rights advocate based in Philadelphia, and a contributor to theGrioAtlantaBlackStarThe Progressive, CNN.com, Morpheus, NewsWorks and The Huffington Post. He also blogs at davidalove.com

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February 15, 2017 | I’m a woman. I’m physically disabled. And I’ve never been more scared than I am right now.

 

 

 

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New Study Found No Link Between Immigration and Increased Crime in Forty Years of Data

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  • Politicians often claim that there is a relationship between immigration patterns and increased crime. In a study done at the University at Buffalo however, no links were found between the two. According to the findings, immigration instead appears to be linked to reductions in some types of crimes instead.
  • Related: The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

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Adelman feels strongly that facts are critical in the current political environment. The empirical evidence in not only this study, but other related research as well, shows little to no support for the view that more immigrants lead to increased crime.

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The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy, Tom K. Wong, Center for American Progress

  • The Data Are Clear: Sanctuary Counties See Lower Crime Rates and Stronger Economies
  • Related: Special Project | Trump's Sanctuary Cities Plan is Straight Out of Breitbart, Radical Right Playbook

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