US/Customs and Border Protection

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Abbreviation CBP
Predecessor • United States Department of Agriculture
• United States Border Patrol
• United States Customs Service
Headquarters Ronald Reagan Building, Washington D.C.
Leader U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Commissioner
Kevin McAleenan official photo.jpg
Incumbent: Kevin McAleenan
Since 20 January 2017
Staff 62,450
Exposed by John Carman, Sandy Nunn

The United States Customs and Border Protection is the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. It is charged with regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing U.S. regulations, including trade, customs, and immigration.

Global Surveillance

On March 11, the US Customs and Border Protection rolled out a new mass surveillance project at Washington DC airport, using computers to recognize people's faces in real time. This is reportedly only the first of at least three "Targeted Biometric Operations" experiments.[1]

Seizure of electronic devices

On entering USA, the CBP may seize electronic devices and send them off to a forensics lab for tests that could take weeks or months, and require that people who enter pay to get their devices returned, even if no wrong doing is found or alleged. While observing that "the vast majority of staff to be pleasant and competent", The Register advised would be visitors to the USA: "in short, don't bring any data or software into the country you don't want to surrender to border officials."[2]

Retina Scanning on departure

By 2017, passengers departing the US were being retina scanned and images matched against their passports.[3]

Corruption

John Carman has testified about corruption within the CBP.[4]



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