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Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

phuzz Silver badge

It doesn't cover airports or embassies, but "100 miles form the coast" still covers about half of California, and all of Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont etc. IIRC it's not that the constitution doesn't apply, but border patrol officers don't think it applies within 100 miles which amounts to exactly the same thing (if you've been locked in a cell with no means of communications, it doesn't matter if it's technically illegal or not, you're still locked in a cell).

I've never even been to the US and I knew about it, I assumed it was wider knowledge.

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