DHS/TSA demand mayor turn over his passwords and says he has “no right for a lawyer to be present”


The mayor of Stockton,California was briefly detained and had two of his laptops and a cell phone confiscated by homeland security agents at the San Francisco International Airport earlier this week after returning from a trip to China.

A few minutes later, DHS agents confiscated all my electronic devices including my personal cell phone. Unfortunately, they were not willing or able to produce a search warrant or any court documents suggesting they had a legal right to take my property. In addition, they were persistent about requiring my passwords for all devices,” Mayor Anthony Silva said.   

Silva was not allowed to leave the airport until he gave his passwords to the agents, which the mayor’s personal attorney, Mark Reichel, claimed is illegal.

The mayor said the agents told him confiscating property from travelers at the airport was “in fact routine and not unusual,” and promised to return the items within a few days.

Silva was also told he had “no right for a lawyer to be present” and that being a U.S. citizen did not “entitle me to rights that I probably thought.”

…”I briefly had to remind myself that this was not North Korea or Nazi Germany. This is the land of the Free” Silva said.

What’s the point of having a Bill of Rights if our government IGNORES it? Why even claim the Fourth Amendment still exists?

Appeals Courts in Massachusetts and Arizona claim police need a search warrant before they’re allowed to search your cellphones, laptops or tablets.

But, the Dept. of Justice claims a search warrant allows police to prosecute anyone for any computer crimes they find that are outside the scope of a search warrant.

“The Justice Department is set to argue Wednesday before a federal appeals court that it may prosecute people for crimes based on evidence obtained from their computers—evidence that was outside the scope of an original probable-cause search warrant.”

Consistent with the Fourth Amendment, the government may obtain a search warrant for nearly any person, place, or thing if the government establishes probable cause for the search and did not engage in an illegal seizure of the item to be searched,” Assistant US Attorney Sandra Glover wrote in the government’s brief.

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3 thoughts on “DHS/TSA demand mayor turn over his passwords and says he has “no right for a lawyer to be present”

  1. Obama has shown that blatant disregard of the law has no consequences. So, it stands that underlings in government, DHS/TSA ,would have no respect for the rule of law either. This is the most corrupt administration ever! But, this type of behavior does serve an unintended consequence; when a majority of we-the-people see the lawlessness of those in power, there will be a confrontation. That is good.

  2. This is in the news, and a mayor is the subject, for the sole purpose of convincing YOU that the Bill of Rights no longer has any standing in court.

    (“if a mayor can’t say no to DHS, I guess I have no right to remain silent about my passwords, and no right to a lawyer, either” — TV-brainwashed American)

    Turning over your passwords provides information that can potentially incriminate you, so no, they cannot force you to reveal them. This latest propaganda drama exists to convince you that it’s not the case.

  3. dont have any passwords .., there problem solved

    If in their mind i cant call up my 5th article right , than im going to play Hillary and that other beotch from the IRS (L . Learner).. suckit

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